Ray Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Friday morning (November 13) that the Aston Villa players were fit when Tim Sherwood was in charge.
When asked what he makes of new manager Remi Garde’s belief that the players were not fit enough when he first arrived, the former Villa assistant manager said: “When a new manager comes into a club, it’s because they (the players) are not fit enough, not because the performances have not been good enough.
“I would go with the latter personally. Certainly they are fit enough, there’s no two ways about it.”
Sherwood was dismissed as the Villa manager last month following a run of poor results in the Premier League.
Former Lyon boss Garde took over, and in his first game in charge of the Villans, he led the team to a goalless draw with Manchester City at Villa Park.
City deserved to win the Premier League encounter, but the Villa players raised their game and gave a strong performance defensively.
Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just five points from 12 matches.
The Villans are as many as five points behind Newcastle United, who are currently 17th in the standings.
Villa will return to Premier League action next weekend when they take on Everton away from home at Goodison Park.