Houllier backs Remi Garde for success at Aston Villa

RĂ©mi Garde

Aston Villa secured a much-needed win over Crystal Palace last night.

Former Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has backed Remi Garde to be a success at the club in future, in comments to the Telegraph.

The Frenchman replaced Tim Sherwood at the club at the beginning of November, with the club having suffered a poor first half of the campaign in which they went winless since the opening day. 

Things have not picked up under his leadership though, Garde having to wait until Tuesday evening for his first win since taking charge, as they managed to beat Crystal Palace 1-0. 

Relegation looks highly likely, with many questioning whether Garde is good enough, but Houllier has offered his backing, saying he will be a success given time.

“Nothing is mathematically finished and he is driving home the message that they can still stay up,” he told the Telegraph.

“Believe me, he’s a good coach, he has a vision and a plan and though this is tough at the moment he will make it.”

“I’m sure over time he will be sort things out and will be a success at Villa.”

The question for Garde however will be how much time Randy Lerner is willing to afford moving forward.

The start of his reign has already been something of a disaster, and his side haven't even enjoyed the new manager bounce that often occurs.

Tim Sherwood was also quickly sacked despite escaping relegation last season, and being backed heavily in the summer, and Garde could face a similar fate if things don’t pick up quickly, even if the Palace win provides a possible springboard.

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