West Bromwich Albion first team coach Gerry Francis has told Sky Sports on the morning of 4th November that Aston Villa’s move to appoint Remi Garde as manager is a ‘strange’ decision.
Garde has taken over from Tim Sherwood at Villa Park, and he has no previous experience of managing in the Premier League.
And Francis feels that this inexperience could work against the Frenchman, with the Claret and Blues is such a precarious predicament.
“I think it's a little bit strange,” Francis said. “This is my 15th year in the Premier League and it's the toughest league in the world, there's no doubt about it.
“Remi is coming in and he's had a bit of time at Lyon and played in the Premier League for a while, but this is a really difficult league.
“He's going into a team that is having a difficult time, and has had a difficult time for a number of years now and it's not going to be easy for him. We'll have to wait and see how in transpires for him.”
Garde has taken over at Villa at a time where he is under pressure to make an immediate impact, due to the side’s terrible start.
Villa have failed to win a Premier League match since the opening day of the season, and they are already four points adrift of safety.
Garde is being welcomed with a baptism of fire, too, as he faces fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton in his first five games.
It leaves him in an unenviable position, but Garde will be hoping to prove his doubters wrong, and show that he has what it takes to manage in the Premier League straight away.