The Villans parted company with Frenchman Garde on Tuesday night as the West Midlands club look certain to be relegated, with the club rock bottom of the Premier League table, 12 points adrift of safety with seven matches left.
This has sparked a debate as to who the club's hierarchy should turn to as they prepare for life in the Championship, and Jenas says that MacDonald, who is part of the furniture at Villa and was previously caretaker boss for a while in 2010, would be the ideal candidate for helping them win promotion.
“This current crop of players, playing the way they are and being led the way they were probably being led, I don’t think it was going to end well even in the Championship for Aston Villa," he is quoted as saying by The Birmingham Mail.
“The decision was made - the club and the manager realised it wasn’t working out. I don’t think the timing was an issue - it was probably better to just get it done. I’d probably keep it in house. Kevin McDonald’s been there and done it; he’s been at the club for years, and Eric Black will obviously be heavily involved.
“Let them guide the players through this situation, and give Villa the opportunity to plan and give themselves some hope, like Hull and Middlesbrough have, of getting themselves back into the Premier League.”
One positive for Villa may be that nobody has really stood out for them this season, meaning that Garde's successor should perhaps be able to retain a lot of the same players.
Whether that is a good thing or not remain to be seen, with the playing staff arguably as culpable for their imminent relegation as Garde or former manager Tim Sherwood, who was sacked in October.