Former Liverpool and Leeds United striker Robbie Fowler said on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 11:00am, February 28) that Aston Villa manager Remi Garde was wrong to publicly criticise his players.
Garde was quoted as saying by BBC Sport last week: "I don't see the commitment from all the players every day in training sessions.”
"If I had the choice of other players I would like to select, I would like to - but I don't have the possibility,” added the Frenchman.
"Sometimes it's about fighting and commitment. It's the first thing professional players should have on the pitch. How can you be confident if you're not fighting?”
Fowler believes that Garde should not have publicly criticised his players.
“I think that’s the worst thing that a manager can come out and say,” said the former England international on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 11:00am, February 28) when asked about his opinion on Garde’s comments.
“I understand where he is coming from, but look, you can’t come out and say that.”
If Garde was looking for a reaction from his players after his controverial comments, he did not get one, as Villa went down 2-1 to Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Villans are not showing any signs of revival, and it now looks likely that they will get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Garde was quite honest in his comments, and perhaps it is time that the players listen to him and start performing.
There are some good footballers in the current Villa squad, but they have been underperforming throughout the season.
The Villans will return to action this evening when they take on Everton at Villa Park in the Premier League.