Cissokho left Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood to join Porto on a season-long loan deal, and the left-back has told L’Equipe that he is pleased with the appointment of Remi Garde, although he is not sure if it will change his situation at the club.
Cissokho said: “I don't want to knock Sherwood, but Garde is a very good coach. He did a great job in Lyon. To take a team that is last, it is a very big challenge... We'll see if his arrival changes anything for me [about returning to Villa].”
Garde was appointed head coach of Villa on Monday afternoon, watching his new team fall to a defeat to Spurs on that evening.
He took his first day of training the day after, and the Frenchman will be looking to get his career at Villa Park off to a great start this weekend, although that will be a tough challenge as Villa take on Manchester City.
Garde proved at Lyon that he has all the right qualities to be a successful manager for Villa, but securing Premier League survival with the squad they currently possess will be a tough challenge.
They are on just four points after 11 games, and a gap is starting to open between the Midlands club and the teams above them, meaning that even if Garde is exceptional, he will have to hope teams ahead of Villa mess up.
Cissokho sounds keen on the appointment, and he has first hand experience of Garde having played under him at Villa, but he has admitted that he is not sure if the Frenchman’s appointment will change his situation at Villa Park in the coming months.