Remi Garde has told Sky Sports Super Sunday that he has an advantage over Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, as he knows the players better.
Villa turned to the French market during the summer transfer window, as they looked to strengthen their squad.
And Garde knows a lot of the players in their squad, having spent his time managing in Ligue 1 to date.
“I know the players better than the previous manager, probably, because I know them from France,” Garde said.
“I just want to make them more confident in their football, but unfortunately we don’t have much time to do that.”
There was a feeling that Sherwood wasn’t particularly enamoured with the additions made by the club over the summer.
Many of Villa’s new arrivals failed to make an immediate impact at Villa Park and by the time Sherwood departed they were consigned to back-up roles.
However, Garde brought them back into starting contention for his first game in charge against Manchester City, and they made a positive impression.
Villa picked up a 0-0 draw in the match, and their performance suggested that there was reason for optimism that Garde could guide them to safety.