Aston Villa on the verge of appointing Robert Duverne for second stint as fitness coach

Rémi Garde

The strict fitness mogul could cause some ructions among fans.

Aston Villa are set to welcome back an old face in the form of Robert Duverne under the management of new boss Remi Garde.

After a week of speculation about the potential arrival of the former Arsenal midfielder he was finally appointed at the club yesterday and watched Villa succumb to a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

The delay in his appointment came with Lyon's refusal to let Garde bring in two of his former coaches and the Frenchman wanted to make sure he found an adequate replacement.

That he did and he now looks set to shake up the fitness side of things at the club with Metz accepting that Duverne might be on his way to Villa.

The Birmingham Mail quote Metz president Bernard Serin as stating:

“When Robert had joined us in August 2014, I gave him my word that we would let him leave if he were to receive a proposal for a Premier League club to be part of the technical staff of Remi Garde.

“The conditions are now fulfilled and a word is a word. We will end the contract by mutual agreement.

“We thank Robert Duverne for his services over the past year and wish him success in his new British adventure.“

Duverne has of course worked with Villa before. He was appointed by Villa's last French boss, the largely unpopular Gerard Houllier, back in 2010.

In March 2011 it was reported by the Daily Mail that Duverne was at the centre of infighting at the club after a bust-up with experienced centre-back pair Richard Dunne and James Collins. He was also the French coach at the centre of the 2010 mutiny in the national team during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

So it will be interesting to see how this appointment will go down with the Villa faithful.

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