Paul Lambert suggests Remi Garde is facing the same problems he did at Aston Villa

Rémi Garde

The Frenchman has a massive task on his hands if he is to rescue Aston Villa.

Aston Villa take on West Ham this afternoon in a game the Midlands side need to win. Villa are on just seven points in the Premier League after a woeful season so far.

The club have failed to improve since the sacking of Tim Sherwood and they are now struggling under the tutelage of Frenchman Remi Garde.

In reality, Villa have not made any vast improvements since moving on Paul Lambert.

Now the Blackburn Rovers manager Lambert has been speaking about the events at Villa this season to Sky Sports.

He stated that the club are not better under Garde and he clearly sympathises with the Frenchman:

"It's probably got worse [since I left]. I think they have spent more money as well - that is probably why people are finding it hard to understand.

"They have spent a lot of money and are still worse off and I think that there is something wrong there. It can't just all be the players' and the manager's fault. I think there are some other things wrong there.

"I loved my time there, I really did. It was really tough but due to the finances, that was the best I could do there and we stayed in the league which was the most important thing.

"It's just a shame the way the club has gone at the minute but that's one that is not my problem any more, and they will know exactly what they have got to go and try and do.

"Remi has come in at a very difficult time and has found some problems that I incurred as well, probably a little more. Hopefully he can get them out of that position - but it will be tough."

Villa are struggling to integrate the new players with the old but it would be interesting to know what exactly Lambert was referring to regarding the problems he faced that Garde now suffers with - especially the change in the squad.

Brad Guzan's form? Jack Grealish's attitude? Gabriel Agbonlahor's fitness?

Of course it is a combination of reasons behind Villa's demise this term and they need to start picking up some big results son if they are too stay in the Premier League this season.

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