The Frenchman is still looking for his first win as Villa boss after 10 games at the helm.
Remi Garde has revealed that he hopes to make his first signing as Aston Villa manager “soon” after holding talks with the club’s board about strengthening his struggling side in the current transfer window.
Villa currently sit 11 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League with only eight points from 20 games and have failed to record a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their season opener, scoring a division-low 16 goals in the process.
Garde’s first nine league fixtures in charge since being named Tim Sherwood’s successor in November have seen the club record just four draws and five defeats, while fan frustration boiled over during Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Wycombe Wanderers as their winless run across all competitions was extended to 16 matches.
The Frenchman admits that their current predicament has made it tougher to attract potential reinforcements, but he remains hopeful that there will be at least one or two new arrivals this month.
Asked about January business at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Crystal Palace, Garde told reporters: “We’re living in the real world, not playing all these games on PlayStation… Football Manager, sorry! I’m too old to know that and don’t have time to play it.
“But it’s not a joke. To buy a player you need to work very hard, especially in our situation. That's what I am trying to do. I know that for the moment I haven’t signed any players but I have good hope to do it soon.
“Playing in England for a club like Villa is still attractive, but then of course you look at the situation of the football club and you question the manager about the future. It’s less easy than if you’re top of the table, for sure.”
Garde also expects to get a clearer picture on how much business he can do in the winter transfer window following Monday’s “crisis talks” in New York between owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox.
The former Lyon boss insists that the meeting was planned before the Wycombe game, which culminated in the team being subjected to merciless abuse from travelling supporters, but he has also called on Lerner to break his long-running silence following the weekend’s scenes.
The 53-year-old American has barely spoken to the media over the past five years and there has been no update on his search for potential new owners since the club was first put up for sale 20 months ago.
However, Garde believes that fans will soon get answers, adding at presser: “This is something I’ve talked about with the board, Randy Lerner and Tom Fox. I think they will give you answers shortly.
"I knew about [the meeting] for a long time. It was planned a week before. They have a lot of stuff to discuss, like at every club. I don’t exactly what they are talking about but they are talking about the future of this football, for sure.
"They know exactly what I wish, that’s all I can say. I have my own assessment of the team. I’ve come here to try to make some changes. They know the way I would like to change. They know that, so let’s see.
“They know what I need to improve the team. Players who are already here and have been suffering for a few weeks could be helped by buying new players. I’m working on that.”