Andy Gray says Aston Villa must change managers now to prepare for next season

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The former Villa striker does not want them to appoint a new boss at the last minute.

Aston Villa are looking like dead certs for Premier League relegation after a poor season. This week it has been reported by numerous sources that the club will begin their planning for next season with the sacking of Frenchman Remi Garde.

The former Lyon boss has struggled to turn around the fortunes at Villa Park and it looks like he is set to be moved on.

Some have suggested that Villa may as well keep him on board until the end of the season but former Villa striker Andy Gray disagrees.

Gray, played at Villa for six years over two separate stints, told talkSPORT this morning that he feels Villa need to cut their losses now – and send Garde packing:

“The Villa board now have got to make a massive decision.

"It’s nothing against Remi but if I was sitting in there, I would have to say, 'listen, we need to start planning for next year now’.

“They’re going down. They need to get someone in to have a look at this group of players, sift through it, decide who to keep and who they don't and then start in August when the Championship starts right on the front foot.

“They must not appoint a manager two weeks before the start of the season and play catch-up all season. It has got to start now for Villa.”

It is a tough decision. Villa do not want to rush into appointing a man to bring them back up, so why bother bringing them in before the end of the season.

If they did sack Garde now it would change very little. It is clear they are not going to survive and it also seems clear that he won’t be in charge next season.

So they may as well send him on his way and start prepping for the new term with an interim boss.

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