The Villa boss was apparently present to see his senior players embarrassed by the club's development squad.
Things continue to get worse and worse for Aston Villa manager Remi Garde, with Sky Sports reporting that the Frenchman was present to see his senior side lose 3-0 to the club's own Under-21s team in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week.
Nine first-team players including Brad Guzan, Idrissa Gana, Jordan Veretout and Leandro Bacuna started for the XI as they suffered a humiliating defeat to a side made up largely of junior players on Friday night.
The report suggests that Garde has given his senior players two days off before the training match, which was scheduled because of the free weekend that Villa faced due to their FA Cup exit earlier this year.
However, that rest clearly did not do much to help his squad members, as the latest embarrassing chapter in the club's season unfolded.
Villa lost 6-0 last time out in the Premier League at home to an inconsistent Liverpool side, and with the club eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table a first relegation in nearly 30 years looks inevitable.
Garde, who took over from Tim Sherwood at Villa Park at the start of November, has seen the side win just three of the 18 matches that they have played under his management.
Things are not about to get any easier for the Villans as they embark upon a difficult run of fixtures which sees them take on Everton, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur in the next three weeks.
Before that, however, the bottom side face a trip to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.