He said: “The reason that Garde has become Villa manager, is because, at Lyon, they decided to sign younger players and not try to compete financially with PSG and Monaco. And Remi Garde, although he didn’t win things, kept them challenging at the top end of the table. He had a lot of young players, and formed a very good group.”
Garde performed an admirable job at Lyon, keeping them a competitive side in Ligue 1 despite the influx of money that PSG and Monaco received. He even managed to lead them to two pieces of silverware, winning the Coupe de France and French Super Cup in 2012.
The 49-year-old left Lyon in the summer of 2014, after three years, with a win ratio of 51% from 117 games.
Despite being out of work for over a year, Villa moved for Garde, and Cascarino believes it is because of the work that he completed with Lyon.
Although not coming off the back off the same kind of success as Lyon were in 2011, Garde arrives at a Villa team not able to compete financially with the biggest Premier League sides, and his work will be based around building a team from what he inherits.
He has a group of young players, both from the academy and signed over the summer, which he will have to forge into a team, and Garde showed at Lyon that this is the kind of job that he excels at.
Garde faces a tough task to keep Villa in the Premier League, but he looks to be the perfect man for the Midlands club considering the work he oversaw at Lyon.