Mervyn King suggests that the French manager's future beyond the end of the season depends entirely on Garde himself.
Aston Villa director Mervyn King has told BBC Radio 5 Live that any decision on manager Remi Garde's future at the club depends on whether or not the Frenchman himself wants to stay at the club, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
The Birmingham club have looked destined for the Championship for months, and currently sit nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League table with just nine matches remaining.
Villa have won just twice in the league since Garde took over from previous boss Tim Sherwood in October, and there has been increased speculation over the former Lyon manager's future in the wake of thrashings at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.
However, King, the former governor of the Bank of England who joined the board of his boyhood club earlier this season, has revealed that the main factor in any decision about whether Garde stays on at Villa Park will be based on whether the Frenchman himself wants to stay.
When asked by 5 Live whether Garde will be in charge next season, King replied, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "I think the question is does Remi Garde want to stay?"
It remains to be seen whether Garde, whose reputation is already suffering as a consequence of Villa's plight, chooses to stay on to be the man to attempt to lead the former European Cup winners back into the top flight at the first attempt.
Villa are sliding towards the precipice which would see an unbroken 29-year stay in English football's top division come to an end after a truly dismal season.
After losing 4-0 at Manchester City last time out, Garde must pick his players up for the visit of title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur to Villa Park next weekend.