Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 programme, Ian Wright has given his thoughts on Remi Garde’s recent comments, having seen the French boss publicly criticise his Aston Villa squad following their draw with Wycombe.
Wright said: “It feels like the respect for him is waning, obviously. If he says ‘they [the players] didn’t play to my plans’, then why would they, in the future, change to start playing for him. Him throwing them under the bus, them getting stick, already you feel like that is not a very good relationship.”
Villa could only secure a draw with Wycombe, who will fancy their chances in the replay given the form of the Premier League side.
Garde’s men took the lead through Micah Richards, but Joe Jacobson equalised for Wycombe from the penalty spot.
The game closed out with the Villa fans loudly criticising both Garde and the team, and the boss shared some of the criticism of his side at the end of the game.
Quoted by the Mirror, Garde said after the game: “To win games we have to have 11 players playing at 110 per cent and this is not the case at the moment. Every game the opponents are running more than us.”
Wright believes that the comments from Garde suggest that the respect for him from the squad its waning, and his public criticism will do little to create unity amongst the players.
It appears as if Garde has struggled to build any sort of team spirit since his arrival at Villa Park, and his latest comments have likely ruined that even further.