Pundit Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that he thinks Remi Garde was a 'strange appointment' for Aston Villa, but thinks he could be a success next season.
Garde, 49, was appointed Villa manager back in November following the departure of Tim Sherwood, but he hasn't been able to get Villa off the foot of the Premier League table.
With just three wins all season, Villa sit 12 points adrift of safety, and after Saturday's 1-0 defeat away at Swansea City, relegation to the Championship is a mere formality at this stage.
Now, questions are being asked of Garde's future. The Frenchman has won just 13% of his games in charge of Villa, and with no Championship experience, fans are unsure whether he's the right man to lead Villa out of the tricky second tier.
The Daily Mail suggest that Garde could even be sacked today with Villa lining up other managers such as Anderlecht's Besnik Hasi and West Brom's Tony Pulis.
On that subject, pundit Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that he felt Garde was a 'strange appointment' all along, as he had no Premier League experience whilst other clubs had veteran managers who knew what it would take to avoid relegation.
However, Redknapp also claimed that Garde could enjoy success in the Championship next season - if he keeps his job - as he has experience of being at the top of a league, having managed Lyon before moving to England, but also believes many managers will want to take over at Villa Park this summer.
"The manager is the most important thing now," Redknapp said. "I don't know what they'll do in the summer. When they appointed Remi Garde it was a strange appointment. There are managers that keep teams up as a specialised job. The likes of Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis, people like that have done it year in, year out."
"Remi Garde will probably be better next year because he has an understanding of being at the top. But I tell you something, there will be plenty of people that want to manage Aston Villa. Plenty of people. It's a really good opportunity for someone to bring them up," he added.
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