Remi Garde took charge of Aston Villa in early November, and since then some clubs have fared better than others.
Remi Garde took charge of Aston Villa on November 2nd, succeeding the departed Tim Sherwood.
While not much changed for Villa under Garde’s guidance, the same can’t be said of both Stoke and Bournemouth who have since performed exceedingly well and shot up the league.
The table below shows the top eight teams in the Premier League since Garde's appointment... plus Aston Villa.
As shown by the table provided by Opta, Stoke and Bournemouth have been in top four form since early November and only Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have accumulated more points.
It has been a whirlwind season for Stoke, what with the campaign starting off in rather subdued fashion as they claimed just three points - three draws - from their opening six Premier League matches.
While the pressure wasn’t exactly reaching boiling point for boss Mark Hughes, fans were getting edgy after the club spent well in the summer and brought in big names such as Xherdan Shaqiri.
But results soon turned in their favour, and since early November the Potters have claimed 33 points from 20 matches - winning ten, drawing three and losing seven.
Of their ten wins, there have been some memorable results such as a 2-0 home wins over both Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as a thrilling 4-3 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
Stoke have plenty of reason to feel optimistic about further improvement next season, and the same can be said of Bournemouth who have enjoyed a wonderful debut campaign in the Premier League
The Cherries were sitting in the bottom three and just three points ahead of Villa upon Garde’s arrival, yet now there are 22 points difference between the sides as the south coast side sit in mid-table.
Eddie Howe has done a wonderful job at Dean Court, and there could yet be plenty more to come when taking in to account their superb form in the latter half of the campaign.