Gary Neville has told Sky Sports, prior to Aston Villa’s match against Manchester City, that Remi Garde's managerial style promotes everything that the Claret and Blues don’t need at this moment in time.
Villa have made an awful start to their Premier League season, which has left them in the relegation zone and fighting for their lives in the top-flight.
And Neville feels that Garde may not be the appointment that they need, as he promotes a risky style of football.
“Speaking to Thierry [Henry], who knows a lot more about him than I do, he likes playing football, he likes playing out from the back and he likes giving young kids a chance,” the former Manchester United defender said. “That’s everything, at this time, that you would think Aston Villa don’t need!”
Despite Neville’s analysis of the situation, Garde actually made a positive start to life at Villa, and their performance against Manchester City in his first game was an impressive one.
Villa were much improved against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and they picked up a credible 0-0 draw from the contest.
The point has not moved them out of the drop-zone, but it has edged them closer to safety and provided them with some reasons to be optimistic.
Villa were organised in defence, and also showed some attacking flair, and their display has given them plenty to build on for recent weeks.