Andy Gray tips Garde for future success; makes accusation about Villa players

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Remi Garde left Aston Villa by mutual consent on Tuesday.

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray would not be surprised if Remi Garde goes on to achieve success in his career, despite his ill-fated spell at Villa Park.

Garde parted company with the Villains by mutual consent on Tuesday, after recording just two victories in his 20 league matches in charge.

And Gray believes Villa's failings were less to do with the Frenchman and more the attitude of the players throughout the campaign.

The Scot told TalkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Wednesday: "He (Garde) has been a great coach in the past - he had fantastic success with Lyon. He may go and do exactly the same thing again. But for Villa, the fit wasn’t right.

"I don’t think the Villa players can look in the mirror and think: ‘You know what, I’m happy I did everything I could for this club this year and I really did everything I could for Remi Garde,' because if they did it would be a sad indictment of their inabilities as footballers.

"If I was one of them I wouldn’t be out and about too much, I’d be too embarrassed. They’ve really been shocking in their attitude towards whichever manager was in, particularly Remi."

Garde, a former Arsenal defender, led Lyon into the 2013-14 Champions League in his only previous role as a manager.

The 49-year-old took a year's sabbatical upon resigning from his Les Gones' post, before returning to the game as Tim Sherwood's replacement in November.

Sherwood's tenure only exceeded that of his successor by three months, despite him steering the Villains away from the drop zone last season and leading them to an FA Cup final.

Villa remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table - 12 points from safety - with seven games left to play.

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