BBC pundits react to Remi Garde to Aston Villa speculation

Remi Garde will reportedly become the new manager of Premier League club Aston Villa.

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson said on Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two on Sunday evening that Remi Garde has to hit the ground running at Aston Villa.

According to BBC Sport, Garde is set to be appointed the new manager of Villa and will replace Tim Sherwood, who was dismissed from the role last month.

It has been reported that the Premier League club will make an official announcement on Monday.

Garde will sign a three-and-a-half-year deal at Villa and will watch Monday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane from the stands, according to BBC Sport.

Hartson does not believe that the length of the contract which will be handed to Garde means much and said on Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two on Sunday evening: “It doesn’t mean much, three years, five years. Tim Sherwood signed a three-year contract, he lasted eight months.

“The contract is not worth the paper that it is written on. You have got to get wins, you have got to start performing.”

Former West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland man Kevin Kilbane added: “It is a big call from Aston Villa, but you hope from their point of view that he can turn it around quickly.”

Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just four points from 10 matches, four points behind 17th-place Bournemouth.

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