Villa swapped Tim Sherwood for Garde back in November as they looked to get out of the relegation zone, but the change of manager has not had the desired impact.
The Claret and Blues have continued to struggle under the French boss’s guidance, and Cottee suggests that his appointment was destined to fail from the start.
“I think it’s really sad. We’re literally watching the death of a fantastic football club,” Cottee said.
“It goes right to the very top.They didn’t appoint the right manager, I said that at the time, that Remi Garde wasn’t the right choice.
“They could have got Nigel Pearson - someone who understood what was going on. And, more importantly, once they go down he knows the division.”
Garde has won just two Premier League matches since taking the reins at Villa, and his side were alarmingly poor against Liverpool in their most recent outing.
The Reds beat them 6-0 with Villa showing a distinct lack of fight throughout the contest.
That loss has left Garde’s men eight points adrift of safety and they seem destined to be playing Championship football next season.
Garde’s future is also in doubt, as he is said to be contemplating leaving regardless of what division they are in (Daily Mail).
Garde was reportedly frustrated as he was not allowed to bring in any players in January, leaving Villa’s squad looking very short of quality.