FA Cup final goalkeeper Shay Given questions transfer policy and Remi Garde appointment

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The Irishman is not impressed with his former club's decisions this season.

Aston Villa look set for relegation from the Premier League this season. The club sit at the bottom of the table and are curt adrift from the rest of the strugglers in the top-flight.

In reality, the club are as good as down - even if mathematically they can still survive.

Last season ended well for Villa. They put together a good run in the Premier League under Tim Sherwood and also made the FA Cup final.

One man who was a part of that squad was Republic of Ireland international Shay Given. The goalkeeper has been speaking to Sky Sports News HQ today (16/03/2016) about the failures of his former club.

He feels the club signed the wrong players and appointed the wrong manager to replace Sherwood in Frenchman Remi Garde:

"The biggest problem this season is that the players they have brought in don't seem to be up to the standard of the Premier League.

"It is a big step up to the Premier League and me personally I think they should have signed up more Premier League experienced players in the summer.

"I don't know Remi Garde personally, I don't know how well he knows the Premier League - obviously he managed in France.

"Me personally I would have looked for someone like a Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce. Someone who knows the division extremely well, knows what it takes to get out of trouble, has that experience of the Premier League and Aston Villa fans will be thinking 'Remi Garde, does he know that'. The proof is he probably doesn't, the results haven't improved since he has taken over."

Tough but probably a fair judgement from Given.

The new signings at Villa have struggled to settle and Garde, with no Premier League experience and out of management for 18 months, was a poor appointment.

Meanwhile Pulis has guided West Brom away from the relegation zone and Allardyce continues to keep up the fight for Sunderland.

Undoubtedly Villa should have appointed a manager in this ilk instead.

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