Watford currently sit firmly mid-table after a strong start to the season, and Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that Aston Villa should take Quique Sanchez Flores’ work as a sign that Remi Garde can keep them in the Premier League this season.
Murphy said: “Quique Flores deserves credit, and actually, someone who came in who hasn’t been in the Premier League and has succeeded. So Villa do have hope yet.”
Flores arrived at Watford with no Premier League experience and a group of new players, and the Spaniard has worked wonders with them.
He has built a team out of a collection of players who many thought would struggle to adapt to England, and is well set to keep Watford in the Premier League after many thought they would be the whipping boys of the division.
With Remi Garde set to be named Aston Villa boss, Murphy believes he will be coming into the same situation as Flores did at Watford, and has suggested that the Frenchman can keep them in the division.
He has a tough task on his hands, and does not have the benefit of pre-season as Flores did with the Hornets, but the need to build a team out of a collection of summer signings is evident.
Flores has so far completed this work at Watford, and if Garde can go someway to emulate the Spaniard’s work with the Hornets, it should be no trouble for the French boss to keep Villa in the top flight.