Stiliyan Petrov suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning an interesting theory why Aston Villa have appointed Remi Garde as their manager.
"Villa needed to look at a manager whose winning ratio is probably about 50% because from now on to reach to that 40 points, they need to win half of the games," said former Villa midfielder Petrov before the game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Monday.
"That’s 50% of the games. If you look at his winning ratio, it is probably 50-51%, so probably that’s why Villa are looking at this manager."
It is an interesting theory and it could have played a role in Garde’s appointment, but one suspects that the Villa chiefs did not go for the Frenchman based just on statistics.
The former Arsenal player is a good manager who did well during his three years in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.
The task at Villa, though, is very different. Garde will have to hit the ground running and will have to work with the players he has at his disposal for the time being.
In the long term, Garde could prove to be a very good appointment, but for Villa it is about here and now.