Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Alan Brazil said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning that he would have appointed Nigel Pearson or Brendan Rodgers ahead of Remi Garde as the Aston Villa manager.
"Nigel Pearson or try to get Brendan in then," said Brazil. "These are two guys I would have before Remi Garde all day long."
Garde was appointed the Villa boss on Monday following the dismissal of Tim Sherwood from his role last month.
The Frenchman’s arrival has been met with mixed reception, as there are doubts whether he is the right manager given the situation the Villans are in.
Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment, and Garde will have to do something special to dig the team out.
Brendan Rodgers is without a managerial job at the moment, having been sacked by Liverpool in October.
Although Rodgers knows the Premier League inside out, he would not have been a good fit at Villa.
Pearson is also unattached at the moment following his departure from Leicester City in the summer.
The former Hull City manager did a remarkable job at Leicester last season, and he knows what it takes for teams such as Villa to stay in the Premier League.