Remi Garde explans reason why coach Steve Round isn't joining Aston Villa

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Remi Garde has confirmed Steve Round won't be joining Aston Villa.

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has told The Telegraph that coach Steve Round will not be joining the staff at Villa Park despite a conversation being held.

Garde, 49, was appointed Villa boss earlier this month, and opened his Villa career with a valiant 0-0 draw against Manchester City almost a fortnight ago.

The Frenchman is settling in at Villa Park, and has been joined by his compatriots Reginald Ray and Robert Duverne, giving him some familiarity in England.

However, recent reports from Sky Sports suggested that Villa had held discussions with Steve Round over joining their coaching staff, in order to give Garde a veteran Premier League presence alongside him.

45-year-old Round has worked with the likes of Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Everton, Manchester United and Derby County during a lengthy coaching career, and he would no doubt be interested in a move to join Villa.

Now though, Garde has told The Telegraph that whilst he did speak to Round - due to Villa having conversations with him prior to Garde's appointment - but the Frenchman has chosen to stick with his current coaching staff rather than bring Round in to the club.

"I am happy at the moment with my staff," said Garde. "I know the club had spoken to him before I came here and I said it was no problem [to speak again], I wanted to be polite. I didn't know Steve personally but I know his career so it was nice to have a chat with him but that was it. I am happy with my staff," he added.

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