Garde was brought to Villa Park as the managerial replacement for Tim Sherwood, but Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that David Moyes would have been the perfect candidate, if only the club had waited a few weeks to see the Scottish boss sacked from Sociedad.
He said: “I think if Remi Garde had not of gone into Villa, it would have been absolutely perfect. One or two weeks later Moyes would have been out of work, and that would have been a marriage made in heaven.”
Garde was hired last week, and led Villa to a 0-0 draw against Manchester City in his first game in charge.
His appointment came as something of a surprise, and certainly a gamble, as Garde has never managed in England before, and has only one job before him with French club Lyon.
Pearce believes that Moyes would have been the better option to hire, and his record in the Premier League is certainly a strong one. He has never been relegated, and although he struggled with Manchester United, Everton were established as a top half team under his guidance.
If he was available, Villa would surely have made a real move to hire Moyes, but they were unfortunate due to the timing of his situation with Real Sociedad.
Just one week after Garde was hired, Moyes was sacked by the La Liga club, and he is now out of work. Another Premier League team are sure to show an interest in hiring him if they are facing relegation, and if Villa had only waited one more week, they may have been able to hire a manager who would almost guarantee top flight survival.