Paul Merson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on December 5th, that he simply cannot understand Remi Garde’s tactics at Aston Villa.
Garde has taken charge of four matches at the Claret and Blues helm so far, and he has tried to implement a passing style on the team.
However, Merson believes that the Frenchman’s desire to play football, even in dangerous areas, is hurting the side.
Villa have been guilty of giving away possession cheaply, and Merson claims that Garde should look to adopt a more direct approach – similar to the one Sam Allardyce has utilised at Sunderland.
"You’re bottom of the league, you cannot win a game. You can’t play out from the back," Merson stated.
"Get the goalkeeper to get the ball, kick it up the pitch, and play in the other half.
"This is why you have got to love [Sunderland manager] Sam Allardyce."
Garde is unlikely to change his philosophy of playing passing football at Villa, as it is style which he also promoted at Lyon.
It will be up to Villa’s players to prove that they can adapt to Garde’s methods, if they are to move away from danger and towards top-flight survival.
Villa have not won any of their last 14 matches, and they are currently seven points away from safety.