Aston Villa clarify transfer situation by disagreeing with Sherwood; boost for Garde?

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has commented on the club's transfer situation.

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying that Remi Garde will have the the final say on transfers.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table with just six points from 16 games, giving them the same record as Derby County when they set the record for the lowest points total in the Premier League back in 2007/08.

It's starting to look desperate for Villa, but they have a chance to kickstart their season as they take on fellow relegation-threatened outfit Newcastle this weekend.

Ultimately though, after one win so far this term, new manager Remi Garde has to be looking for new signings during the January transfer window.

Unfortunately, there has been plenty of confusion over who exactly has the final say over transfers at Villa Park. Villa signed a number of players from French football, with Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew all arriving.

Somewhat predictably, those players - bar Amavi due to his season-ending injury - haven't settled in English football just yet, and previous boss Tim Sherwood told Sky Sports that owner Randy Lerner was calling the shots over transfers.

Now, with the transfer window just weeks away, Villa chief executive has shot down those claims from Sherwood - and given current manager Garde some great news by saying that the Frenchman will get the final say over all transfers next month.

"It's up to Remi. If he decides he needs something he has the chairman's ear and his support, absolutely," said Garde. "The transfer window hasn't opened. Remi has only been here for five games.  He will take every game he has to ascertain. I don't think it makes any sense to predict what he might need come January 2. Remi has to determine what he wants his squad to look like and who he's got in the squad who can play the style he wants to play. It's purely his decision."

"All I'll say on that is that our former manager was quoted and the first question to the new manager at his press conference. Remi Garde has complete and final say over players who are brought in and that situation hasn't changed between the last manager and this current one. What's most important to me is that the manager is happy with the players, the squad and the business we did over the summer. The manager is very positive on the business over the summer," he added.

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