Speaking just before Garde’s appointment was officially announced, Merson stated his opinion that Pearson would have been a better choice for Villa than the Frenchman.
The former Arsenal midfielder claims that Pearson’s knowledge of the English game would have been crucial, due to the Claret and Blues’ precarious position in the Premier League table.
“I would go and get Nigel Pearson tomorrow morning,” Merson said. “I think Tim [Sherwood] was unlucky, but now he’s not there I would go and get Nigel Pearson.
“He’s proven, the job he’s done at Leicester City was phenomenal.
“You bring in Remi Garde, a foreign manager who has never worked in the Premier League, and he might take six months to get used to it. By then, it could be all over.”
Villa need Garde to hit the ground running due to their terrible start to the campaign, which has left them playing catch-up.
The Midlands outfit are already four points adrift of safety, and they are currently propping up the Premier League table.
Villa have not won since the first day of the season, and if they continue to struggle so badly for victories, it will be impossible for them to climb out of trouble.
It means that Garde is under pressure to have an immediate impact, but with Villa facing Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton in his first five matches, it could be a tough ask for the former Lyon boss.