Garde said: “The discussion with the owner was also about that. I wanted to have certain answers and he told me that in the case of relegation the project was still on, and that he counted on me to lead it. So I am working also in the medium term. I would want to stay if I feel that everyone is behind me.”
Garde has admitted that he has held talks with Lerner concerning a potential relegation at the end of this season, with Villa looking extremely likely to drop to the second tier at the end of this campaign.
They are on just six points after 16 games, six points behind Sunderland in 19th place, and Garde looks to be in a futile job.
It is almost impossible to guess where the next point will come from - let alone the next win - and it is no surprise that Garde has held talks with Lerner concerning his future at the club should they be relegated.
The French boss has admitted that he would want to stay with the Midlands side if he was given support, and Garde has been told by Lerner that the project that is in flow at Villa Park now is one that will remain even if relegated.
The Villa management are planning long-term, and this makes it all the more likely that Garde will remain in charge next season, even if that campaign is to be spent in the Championship.