The former defender says that duo Rudy Gestede and Carlos Gil gave the new boss cause for hope.
The French man was confirmed as Tim Sherwood’s replacement on Monday evening and was at Villa Park to see his new side take on Spurs.
He will have been concerned with what he saw though, as the side fell to an early Mousa Dembele goal and ended up as 3-1 losers on the evening with a disappointing display.
That made it seven consecutive defeats for the side, and Neville says Garde will have learned he has a big job on his hands to turn things around.
“[He will have learned] he’s got a big job and he’ll have to get to work very quickly, he’s got to make an immediate impact,” he told Monday Night Football.
“As a manager, it’s not an ideal working environment. He’d want a few months to work with the players. The choice of coach is not obvious.”
The pundit did however believe that there were positive signs for Garde from the defeat against Spurs.
After a disappointing first half display, the Villains did look livelier in the second half, with Jordan Ayew’s deflected goal giving them hopes of securing a draw, while he curled a shot narrowly over the bar as well.
Substitutes Carlos Gil and Rudy Gestede looked particularly lively after coming off the bench as well, and Neville says there were glimpses of what the side could be.
“Villa have been poor now for a really long time,” he added.
“There were glimpses in the second half of what they could be. Gestede is a real handful, Gil came on and showed he can jink a little bit but he’s got a big job to do and he’s going to have to hit the ground running because they need points quickly.”