Tony Cascarino poses important question about Remi Garde's role at Aston Villa

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Tony Cascarino isn't sure whether Remi Garde is a manager or a coach at Aston Villa.

Pundit Tony Cascarino has told Sky Sports that he thinks Aston Villa need to decide whether they want a manager or a coach.

Villa sit eight points adrift of safety in the Premier League table, having been humiliated with a 6-0 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Fans were devastated as Villa served up arguably their most embarrassing display of the season, all but confirming their relegation to the Championship - and a change of manager hasn't even helped the club turn things around.

Tim Sherwood was sacked in October, and Frenchman Remi Garde - a former Arsenal player - was appointed as his replacement, but the change didn't bring around any major fightback from Villa in their battle against the drop.

Now, with relegation drawing ever closer, former Villa striker and current pundit Tony Cascarino has told Sky Sports that there are so many issues at Villa Park that must resolve.

Cascarino also asked an important question surrounding Garde's role at Villa Park. Garde's official title when appointed was 'manager', but Cascarino believes Villa are running a European-style setup, where a transfer committee decides new arrivals and Garde simply coaches the team.

Cascarino believes there is major confusion over Garde's real role at Villa Park, and the club must decide whether they want a manager to run all facets of the team, or a coach to simply manage the players and pick the team.

"There are lots of issues and things that need to be dealt with at Villa," said Cascarino. "The uncertainty comes from the owner, down to the manager - will he be there next season? Is he a manager or a coach? I think that's uncertain. When you say manager, you have a manager who brings all his own staff in, five members, and has a budget but Villa don't know whether they want a manager or a coach."

"They've gone for the European model, where you just have the coach who looks after the players, trains them every day and decides the team for Saturday; with the manager one, you have an expensive outlay if it goes wrong as you have to get rid of the manager and his five staff. I can understand why they don't want to go down that road. But Villa are in No Man's Land. I don't know if they know if they want a coach or a manager," he added.

Will Garde still be Villa manager next season?

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