Report: Remi Garde still hoping to bring Bruno Genesio or Gerald Baticle to Aston Villa

Rémi Garde

Aston Villa hired Remi Garde as Tim Sherwood’s replacement on Monday.

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Remi Garde as manager, and a report in the Birmingham Mail has claimed he has already identified who he wants to bring to Villa Park in the coming weeks.

It is stated that Garde still has hopes of bringing one of Bruno Genesio or Gerald Baticle to Villa Park, with both assistant coaches still at Lyon.

It seemed that the deal to bring Garde to Villa hinged on whether Genesio or Baticle could be hired away from Lyon, but he opted to still move to the Midlands side without his former employees, instead bringing Bastia assistant Reginald Ray with him.

However, Garde still has ambitions to bring one of the two Lyon men to Villa, and will work over the next few weeks to hopefully agree a compensation package with the Ligue 1 side, as both coaches seem keen on linking up with the newly-hired Villa boss.

Lyon refused Villa permission to speak with either Genesio or Baticle whilst Garde was not actually hired, according to the Telegraph, and although the French boss still wants them, there is no indication that Lyon are now willing to sanction their departures.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch