Houllier on what he told Garde about Aston Villa's owner Randy Lerner

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Gerard Houllier has had positive words to say about Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner.

Former Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has told The Telegraph about his conversation with the club's next boss Remi Garde.

Garde is to be unveiled as manager shortly, with The Telegraph reporting he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal.

Houllier has explained that he has spoken to his fellow Frenchman over the past week, and given a positive appraisal of the club.

He was even complimentary about American owner Randy Lerner, insisting he will give him the support he needs.

He said: "There is already a lot of talk about how he has not managed in England before but the same applies to Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez and even myself and they didn’t do too badly.

“He has spoken to me about Villa many times over the past week and I told him it was a great club with excellent facilities, a very good fanbase and they have a chairman that backs you."

Garde will no doubt hope to see that backing put into action in the transfer market, but he can stand to profit from signings already made in the summer.

He will stand a better chance of getting the very best out of countrymen Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout, and helping them to develop.

Villa were active in the summer transfer window, but balanced out their acquisitions with sales of key players, including Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.

SkySports report Villa's net spend was £9.3 million, only the 15th highest in the Premier League. From that perspective, Lerner will have to be more ambitious and raise the bar to support Garde, especially if they continue to struggle heading into January.

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