Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has told Le Journal Du Dimanche that it wasn't the right time to leave the club and join Remi Garde's staff at Aston Villa.
Garde was appointed Villa boss back in November, and whilst he was brought in to be an improvement on the struggling Tim Sherwood, Villa's improvement has been marginal.
The club still lie bottom of the Premier League table, and given that they sit eight points adrift of safety, Villa are seemingly heading towards relegation to the Championship.
Whether Garde keeps his job if Villa are relegated remains to be seen, but some wonder if his side would've been better had he been able to appoint his preferred members of staff.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail back in November, Garde wanted to bring Lyon duo Gerald Baticle and Bruno Genesio to Villa Park with him, but no deals materialised for two coaches Garde knew very well from his time working with them at Lyon.
Bizarrely, former assistant Genesio is now Lyon boss following the departure of Hubert Fournier in December, just months after he could've been working as an aide for Garde at struggling Villa.
Now, Genesio has told Le Journal De Dimanche that the deal with Villa didn't meet Lyon's demands, and he ultimately didn't think it was the right time to move, considering Lyon's struggles this season.
"I have not talked to the president because not everything was agreed for me to join Remi," said Genesio. "It was not a good time either, the team was not performing well," he added.
Would Garde have fared better with his preferred staff?