Stan Collymore reacts to rumours concerning Remi Garde taking charge of Aston Villa

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Stan Collymore is not convinced by Aston Villa managerial target Remi Garde.

Aston Villa are looking for a new manager following the departure of Tim Sherwood, but Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT that he is not convinced by the potential of Remi Garde heading to Villa Park as new head coach.

He said: “Remi Garde is as much of a gamble as Tim Sherwood, because he’s coming to a different league with different expectations, different players - and Villa are bottom of the league.”

Garde is Villa’s reported favourite for the managerial job, according to the Telegraph, although there is little to suggest he is the man to keep the Midlands side in the Premier League.

His only head coaching role was with Lyon, where the former Arsenal man impressed, spending three years with the side, winning two trophies and leaving with a 51% win ratio across 117 games in charge.

Despite this spell, he is still relatively short of experience, and Collymore has suggested that hiring Garde would be as much of a gamble as when Sherwood was hired as manager last season.

Sherwood had only spent a short time in management, with his role at Spurs, but at least he had Premier League experience to his name - something Garde cannot claim.

The Frenchman is not a coach who has ever fought in a relegation battle, and there are no indications that he could be a success with Villa looking at his last job, and Villa’s current standing in the league.

The only real advantage he has over Sherwood is that he is French, and so shares a bond with a number of the Villa players, having seen the Midlands side scour the French market during the summer transfer window.

Garde appears to be coming closer to agreeing a deal with Villa, but Collymore is far from convinced that the Frenchman is the correct boss to keep the once-great club in the top flight.

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