The Villa manager's former assistant and successor at Lyon says he could revert to being number two if Garde returns to the club.
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde could be offered a surprise quick exit from the ailing Premier League club by his former side Lyon, according to quotes from his former assistant and successor at the French club published by the Daily Star.
Villa are rock bottom of the Premier League and look destined for the Championship, sitting nine points adrift of safety with just nine matches to go.
The Birmingham club have won just two league matches since Garde took over from previous boss Tim Sherwood in November, and there are reports that the Frenchman will resign at the end of the season regardless of whether the club's board would be willing to show faith in him.
Garde's assistant from his Lyon days, Bruno Genesio, who took over in charge of the French club on a temporary basis in December, has revealed that his ex-colleague could be offered his old job back.
Genesio said, as quoted by the Daily Star: "Remi is a friend with whom I share the same football convictions. It was always in the back of my head the idea of working with him again someday.
"I have no written clause in my senior coaching contract that ends in late June. If there is a qualification for a European cup, whatever it is, I have a verbal agreement that it would be renewed.
"Otherwise, I have a three-year contract as assistant [but I would do this] only if it’s Remi. Otherwise, this is not possible."
Garde has a a longstanding association with Lyon, and enjoyed modest success in his three years in charge of Lyon, leading the club to the French Cup in his first campaign as manager..
Prior to taking over the reigns he had worked with the club in various backroom roles since 2003, and as a player he turned out 146 times in the league for the club between 1987 and 1993.