The Frenchman was wanted at St James' Park by fans, who have reacted positively to his appointment at Villa.
Indeed, the Premier League side have hired the former Lyon boss and it can certainly be described as a risk. Garde has a proven track record at Lyon but has no experience of managing in English football.
Then again, Tim Sherwood had little of it before he was hired and the argument that Garde won't succeed because he isn't British doesn't even dignify a response.
Funnily enough, though, Newcastle fans seem to be more positive about the Frenchman's appointment than Aston Villa's - generally speaking.
Plenty of the Magpies faithful wanted Garde in charge at St James' Park, it seems, and now feel Villa have the right man to keep them in the top flight.
It remains to be seen whether Steve McClaren succeeds at Newcastle but it would have been hard for anyone to muster a worse start than him on Tyneside and Garde may well have made a better first impression. We'll see if he does at Aston Villa: here's how Newcastle fans reacted to his appointment on Twitter:
Think Garde would have been the right man for us and would have been my choice at the time, interested to see how he does at Villa #NUFC— Aaron (@Aaron_Turns) November 2, 2015