Ian Wright gives verdict on reportedly Aston Villa-bound Remi Garde, makes Wenger comparison

Ian Wright has commented on Remi Garde's strengths amid links with Aston Villa.

Ian Wright has told The Sun that there are few calmer people in football than Remi Garde, with the Frenchman tipped to become Aston Villa's new manager.

Villa lost 2-1 to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, and that defeat proved to be Tim Sherwood's final game in charge of the club, as he lost his job less than 24 hours later.

The search for Sherwood's successor is now on, and The Telegraph report that Remi Garde is in line to be appointed as their new manager this week, despite complications over his backroom staff.

Garde, 49, has been out of work for over a year since leaving Lyon in 2014, and having left with a 51% win percentage, the former Arsenal man is still a highly-rated manager.

The Frenchman was primarily a defensive midfielder during his time with Arsenal, and whilst he was only cover for the Gunners' chief midfielders such as Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, he served a valuable role under Arsene Wenger in North London.

Now, one of his former team-mates, Ian Wright, has told The Sun that the reportedly Villa-bound boss is somewhat similar to Wenger in the way that he has a calm persona, and wants to see him given a chance in English football following Sherwood's departure.

"Remi Garde may not have much Premier League experience — but Aston Villa will struggle to find anyone better to inject some calm," said Wright. "I remember when Remi arrived at Arsenal — actually on the same day as Patrick Vieira — and he was the most well-mannered, softly-spoken, quiet Frenchman you could ever meet. We had a couple of years as team-mates, and he had the air of someone who would always go into the other side of football some day.

"You’d see Remi walking around with Arsene Wenger, they had lots of deep conversations. You got the impression he was a deep thinker. He was quite like Arsene because you did not see him raising his voice too often, and he has built up a decent reputation at Lyon."

"He had a fair amount of success there, as well, winning the French Cup and leading them to the Champions League during his three years in charge. I know there will always be questions about his coaching acumen in the Premier League, simply because he’s never worked in the management side of it," he added.

Wright's comments will be music to the ears of Villa fans, who maybe don't know too much about Garde - and with the large French contingent at Villa Park, he may well be the ideal choice to replace Sherwood.

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