Garde was brought in to replace Tim Sherwood prior to the last international break, but Robbie Savage has told BBC Radio 5 Live that there is a worrying statistic about his first three games in charge of Aston Villa.
He said: “The worry I would have is, that when a new manager is appointed you have that automatic uplift [of form]. They had a 0-0 against Manchester City, but to concede seven goals in the last two games is a massive worry.”
Savage has highlighted the fact that Garde has picked up just one point in his first three games as head coach, in what is supposed to be the ‘honeymoon’ time at his new club.
Whenever a manager gets appointed at a new club, performance levels always pick up, and results generally improve as players try harder for their new boss.
Villa secured a 0-0 draw with Manchester City in Garde’s first game in charge, but has since conceded seven goals in two games - losing to Everton and Watford.
The performance against Watford was certainly improved, but they still came away with no points, and if this is the honeymoon period, how bad can Villa get when the dust settles and performance levels return to their regular state.
There are real issues in this current Villa squad, and it is hard to imagine that they are strong enough to stay in the top flight, and Garde’s lack of results in his honeymoon period is a real worry.