Ian Taylor gives his verdict on Garde appointment, discusses Wenger connection

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Ian Taylor says he will give Remi Garde a chance to impress at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor has told the club's official Audioboo channel that he thinks Villa took Arsene Wenger's advice when appointing Remi Garde.

Villa chose to sack Tim Sherwood at the end of last month, having been rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with just one win to their name this season.

Monday's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur means Villa remain at the foot of the table, but just hours before kick-off at White Hart Lane, they named their new boss.

49-year-old Remi Garde has arrived as the new manager at Villa Park, making his return to management having left French club Lyon back in the summer of 2014.

It's also a return to England for Garde, who played as a midfielder for Arsenal during the 1990's, and has enjoyed a close relationship with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger ever since.

The two will now get to renew pleasantries in the Premier League, and Villa legend Taylor has had his say on the appointment whilst speaking to the club's official Audioboo account.

Taylor says that he thinks Garde's appointment is a fresh start for everybody at Villa Park, and believes Villa took Wenger's advice when appointing the Frenchman

"It's a new start, a clean sheet for everybody at the club," said Taylor. "The most important thing is that he gets some points on the board and gets some confidence back in the team, get some confidence back in the club, and hope he can come in and do that."

"We know all about the Arsenal connection, with Arsene Wenger and everything. I think he was a big advocate of Remi Garde, and we've taken his advice by the looks of it. I'm always one for getting behind the new manager, giving him a go and giving him a chance, so hopefully he can come in and hit the ground running," he added.

Garde's first game in charge comes on Sunday as Villa host Manchester City at Villa Park, and whilst it's a daunting task, Garde will be hoping to get off to a flying start against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

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