Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has admitted that he is starting to doubt Remi Garde, having seen the Aston Villa boss enjoy something of a free ride since taking charge of the club earlier this season.
Collymore said: “Because Newcastle United were interested in him a couple of years ago, it’s like ‘oh well, it’s not really Remi’s fault, we’ve just got a really poor squad’. Well, he’s hardly motivating them. He sounds more and more dour week-in-week-out, and they’re obviously not pulling up any trees when they go out [to play].”
Collymore is claiming that, because Garde is held in high regard and is considered a good coach, he has avoided a lot of criticism this term.
That is despite the fact that Villa are just as bad now as they were under Tim Sherwood at the beginning of the campaign, and in fact look less up for the fight than they used to.
Villa are seven points clear in last place, and their relegation is all-but guaranteed, and Garde himself looks as if he has accepted the fight.
He has lost much of the spirit he showed earlier in the campaign, and his dour attitude is hardly going to inspire his players to perform well for the rest of the season.
Garde was a bold appointment when made earlier in the season, but it looks as if the gamble has not paid off, and the Frenchman does not look as if he even wants to be at Villa Park any longer.