Wilkins said: “If he is looking at doing it [leaving] at the end of the season, he is best off doing it now. I think if they were to bring someone in now it would be an interim manager. I think Kevin MacDonald would go in there, and take it until the end of the season.”
Garde was clearly not expecting the job at Villa Park to be so hard when he arrived at the club after the sacking of Tim Sherwood, and he has done little to improve matters.
A failure to strengthen the team in the January transfer window made it clear that the board consider this season already over, and Garde’s future is still doubted with the club set to be in the Championship next season.
He could easily get a job at a bigger club, despite his poor spell with Villa, and it is hard to imagine him wanting to be in charge of such a messed up club in the second tier.
With there not guarantees that Garde will be at the club next season, Wilkins has suggested that he leave right now, rather than wait until the end of the campaign.
That way, he is not burdened with leading a team who are already relegated, and the club can start to prepare their search for a new manager with a caretaker in interim charge for the rest of the era.