Remi Garde reacts after being officially appointed Aston Villa manager

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Remi Garde has been appointed Aston Villa manager.

Aston Villa have confirmed on their official website that Frenchman Remi Garde has been appointed as their new manager on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Villa chose to sack Tim Sherwood over a week ago having lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City, and now they have found his replacement.

After a week of speculation surrounding a move for Garde, Villa have finally landed their first choice manager ahead of tonight's trip to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

49-year-old Garde, who played as a midfielder for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, has been out of work since 2014 having left Lyon, and is looking to make a successful return to English football.

With a host of French-born or former Ligue 1 players at Villa, Garde is seen as the ideal candidate given that he can speak both French and English, but he has a tough task on his hands having walked in with Villa bottom of the Premier League table.

Garde won't take charge of the club against Spurs tonight, but he has spoken to the Aston Villa official website about his move, and claims owner Randy Lerner and Chief Executive Tom Fox have 'ambitious plans' for the club - hence his decision to take the job.

"It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club," said Garde. "I've had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and Chief Executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the Club and I'm excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them."

"Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I'm looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa," he added.

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