The former Villa midfielder thinks Sam Allardyce would have been a better appointment at Villa Park.
He was soon gone but his replacement came from left-field. Frenchman Remi Garde, who has never managed a Premier League team or any team in a relegation battle, was a shock appointment from the Villa board.
After a promising start in a 0-0 draw against Manchester City the club's defending has gone belly-up again and they have lost their last two games 4-0 and 3-2 - with relegation already looming, even at this early stage of the season.
Meanwhile Sunderland have started to edge away from the dropzone thanks to the astute management of Sam Allardyce and one former Villa man doesn't know why he was not offered the job at Villa Park.
"Unless they get people in who are really going to roll their sleeves up and give it a good bash because at the moment I just don't see that at all. I watch Sunderland you touched on Remi Garde coming in.
"Someone like a Sam Allardyce coming in there and keeping these boys up I don't think Remi is ready for that just yet."
Allardyce's style of play may not be the free-flowing attractive football fans want to see, but it certainly keeps teams in the Premier League.
Right now, French flair should have been substituted for Dudley grit.