Garde was confirmed as Aston Villa manager on Monday afternoon, and chairman Randy Lerner told the official club website why he and his fellow management staff looked towards the Frenchman following Tim Sherwood’s sacking.
Lerner said: “Rémi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be - hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede. Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism - we are better than that. On behalf of the Board we wish Rémi every success.”
Garde arrivals at Villa as something of a left-field choice, as although he performed well at Lyon, that was his only management role.
He holds a 51% win ratio with the Ligue 1 outfit, but has never managed anywhere else, and his only experience of the Premier League is from a one-year playing spell with Arsenal.
He has to ensure he can take on Villa’s poor team and bring the players together into a unified system, something that Sherwood failed to do at Villa Park.
Villa currently sit last place in the league table, and Garde has his work cut out to pick up results before the Midlands side are cut too far adrift in the relegation places.
The French boss is regarded as an exciting coach, and his record of developing youth talents is great for the club if he is given a long time to build a legacy at Villa Park.
He also has the benefit of being French, and sharing a nationality and language with a number of the summer signings brought to Villa over the summer. This should help him bring together the summer signings in a way that Sherwood never managed, and Garde looks like a logical appointment on paper.
It just remains to be seen whether he can live up to his reputation when Villa take to the field of play.