The former Premier League boss said: “Garde would never have come to my mind if asking me [for a manager]. It was a surprise, but he looks a very serious guy. But looking the other night [at the Tottenham performance], he’s got a tough job to keep them up this year.”
Garde arrived at Villa Park on Monday and had to watch his side fall to defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Aside from a short spell in the second half when Villa pulled a goal back, they never really threatened, and the performance was one which suggested that Garde has a lot of work to do to keep Villa in the top flight.
He needs to create a unified team out of a group of players who are so far not performing up to the required level, and bring together all the summer signings which were made under Tim Sherwood’s watch.
Redknapp has admitted it was a surprise to see Garde appointed, and whilst he has the potential to be fantastic with Villa, it is hard to disagree with the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss.
Garde has no experience of managing in the Premier League, and he only spent a short spell in England as a player, whilst his time with Lyon was not at a team fighting relegation.
They were an established, league winning side, who managed to remain competitive after the influx of money to PSG and Monaco, but they were never under threat of going down.
For Garde, he now has to take charge a team with just one win and four points from 11 games, and ensure he can quickly turn around their fortunes to keep them in the Premier League at the end of this campaign.