What can Newcastle fans make of Garde's time at Villa so far?

RĂ©mi Garde

The Frenchman has made a bad start to life at Aston Villa - but could anyone else have done any better?

Many Newcastle United fans seemed keen on the idea of Remi Garde moving to St James' Park in recent months. Some also expressed their envy when Aston Villa got their man.

Already, though, there have been some mutterings from Newcastle fans that they've dodged a bullet by not hiring the Frenchman.

So what can the Magpies learn from Garde's brief time at Villa so far?

In truth, any criticism would be harsh at this point in time. The 49-year-old inherited an underachieving squad and there is very little many could have done in such a short space of time.

Garde earned two draws and seemed to be steadying the ship ever so slightly until two more damaging defeats. But how much of the current personnel issues are his fault?

Certainly, it's interesting to think of someone like Sam Allardyce. Sunderland are still struggling but Big Sam has guided the Black Cats to some big wins, raising them to a level that would have been unthought of before he arrived.

The Aston Villa boss, meanwhile, has been quiet as a mouse in defeat. If he speaks like he does in press conferences to his players, it'll be hard to lift a squad who are no doubt at an all-time low in terms of morale.

But the overall answer is that Newcastle supporters can gauge little from what life would be like under Garde. In a parallel universe, with the Frenchman at St James' Park, Newcastle might be thriving - much higher than they currently are under Steve McClaren...

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