Remi Garde insists he is happy with decision to take Aston Villa job

Rémi Garde

Reports this week have suggested that the Frenchman is considering his future as Villa boss following the club's barren transfer window.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde insists he has no regrets about taking charge of the Premier League bottom-dwellers amid reports that he will consider his future at the club in the summer.

Garde has not been able to lift Villa off the foot of the table since replacing Tim Sherwood at the helm in November, having taken just one win and nine points from his 13 League games in charge.

Performances have improved under the former Arsenal midfielder, but the club still remain 10 points adrift of safety with 14 matches remaining, and barring a miracle, will be playing championship football next season.

The ex-Lyon boss was supposedly promised funds in the January transfer window to strengthen his struggling side but failed to make a single signing after missing out on several targets.

Reports have since suggested that the Frenchman will review his position as manager at the end of the season after being left frustrated at the lack of financial backing from the board [h/t Telegraph], while he tellingly refused to answer questions on his future following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at West Ham United.

He was again tight-lipped during his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s visit of relegation rivals Norwich City when asked about the rumours, but went on to stress that he remains "very happy" with his decision to come to the club.

“Football is about short-term and it’s really much more important to talk about the next game then speak about any individual future,” Garde said when asked whether he would still be at Villa next season. “It’s not something I want to speak about now. It’s not the time.

“I’ve been committed for a long time in a big football club at Lyon, and in every club it’s the same situation. I know that saying that publicity is not the best way to do things. I’m very happy about the decision I made to come to this football club.

“I was disappointed about the way [the transfer window] went, but now I have to do my job as best as I can. Until the last chance we will have to stay in the Premier League, I will fight.

“We’ve got 14 games to play and I will be committed 100 percent on that. My energy and job is to keep the players alive with this challenge as long as possible and even after.”

In addition, Garde was also quick to praise the Villa fans for their support amid the club’s plight, noting that he is starting to feel much more at home in the Midlands after a few months spent working with the squad and instilling his methods.

“I know the time I’ve spent at this football club has been quite difficult but a manager’s life is sometimes difficult,” he added. “I enjoy the fact that that I receive a lot of support from the fans. I feel now that my players are more ok with the way I want the team to play, the way we train, the way I manage the team – I feel more support within the club and team, which is important for me.

“But I’ve also received a lot of support from the fans lately. I’ve received a lot of letters of support in these last few days about the fact that we were playing better and for me that’s very important. I would like to thank the fans and the supporters, because even for the players, the way they behave with us is amazing.

“At West Ham, after 20 minutes everyone knew we were going to have a difficult time, but they stayed behind the players as long as they could. This is why you like football, this is why I like football. Sometimes it is difficult, but you know you are not alone, and this is the way I feel currently.”

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