Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat said on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) that he sympathises with Aston Villa manager Remi Garde.
Villa did not make a single signing in the January transfer window and look doomed for relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.
According to The Mirror, the Premier League strugglers were interested in Seydou Doumbia, Wahbi Khazri, Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Lovre Kalinic.
However, Villa could not make a single signing last month, and former Tottenham boss Pleat feels for Garde.
"I think he has done admirably," said Pleat on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1). "I think how he has faced up to adversity and accepted the reality is incredible.
"I would be really downhearted, dispirited. I think he is doing his best to put a brave face on it. I think it is a lost cause."
Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 13 points from 24 matches.
The Villans are as many as 10 points behind 17th-placed Norwich City, and they are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Garde’s side will take on Norwich at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.