Garde makes improving confidence his top priority at Aston Villa

RĂ©mi Garde

The new Villa boss has admitted that he faces a tough task in trying to steer the club away from relegation danger.

Speaking in his first pre-match press conference as Aston Villa manager, Remi Garde says he is keen to improve confidence at Villa Park, reports the Mirror.

The Frenchman was confirmed as Tim Sherwood’s replacement on Monday, and is set to take charge of his first game when they face Manchester City this weekend.

Confidence is likely to be at rock bottom in his squad, given their current situation, with the side currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and four points adrift of safety.

And Garde says that his main target is to give the players confidence as quickly as possible, and then improve both their defensive and attacking play.

“My main target was to meet with the players and give them a lot of confidence quite quickly because we have a little game on Sunday,” the Mirror reports.

“Football is about scoring goals and not conceding so we need to improve in both situations. We will work hard to do it and have started already in the last two training sessions. It is a new start for the team.”

The new Villa boss is also confident that his side can avoid relegation despite having failed to win a game since the opening weekend victory over Bournemouth.

The side were lucky to escape relegation last season, with Sherwood’s impact when taking over in the latter half of the campaign being enough to see them narrowly avoid the drop.

Owner Randy Lerner clearly wasn’t willing to risk waiting as long this time around, and while Garde does not believe they will be relegated, he does admit that there is a lot of work to do with the side in order to turn things around.

“There is a lot of work to do,” he added.

“But Randy Lerner came this week and had a chat with the players because I think it was important for them to hear the owner. I'm not coming to prepare the team and next season we will be in a lower division.”

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