Blow for Aston Villa as Lyon president rules out chance of assistants being poached by Remi Garde

Jean-Michel Aulas says that Garde is more than welcome to go to Villa, but his choice of assistants will not be following.

Just hours after Aston Villa sacked manager Tim Sherwood they were being heavily linked with his potential replacement.

It looked as though Aston Villa had decided that former Arsenal player and Lyon manager Remi Garde would be the perfect man to take over at Villa Park.

It made some sense. He had a decent record when at Lyon, helping them rebuild an ageing squad. His dual French and English language ability also made him a good option due to the investment Villa did from Ligue 1 this summer.

But a stumbling block has emerged. Garde would like to bring his coaching staff along with him. However Lyon are not willing to play ball over the futures of Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle.

That has now been confirmed by outspoken Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. He is quoted by Le Progres as stating:

"Remi Garde to Aston Villa? Yes. My deputies. Under their contract, they do not leave."

If Villa are going to get Garde it would seem he would have to come without his trusted staff and that is seemingly an issue for Aston Villa's number one target.

Instead the club might have to look elsewhere for a replacement for Sherwood.

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