Tony Cascarino claims Aston Villa made this huge mistake with appointment of Remi Garde

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The former Villa striker says the club are paying the price for failing to focus on the short term when looking for a replacement for Tim Sherwood.

Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino is adamant that the club made the key mistake of failing to focus on the short-term requirement of avoiding relegation when they appointed Remi Garde as manager, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Garde was sacked on Tuesday night after leading the club to just two wins in 20 Premier League matches, form which has left them bottom of the league table and 12 points adrift of safety.

The former Lyon manager was appointed as successor to Tim Sherwood in early November, a decision which was questioned by many who believed the Frenchman's complete lack of managerial experience in England made him an unwise choice for a club who were already desperately struggling to stay afloat.

Garde's was an appointment which made little sense in terms of Villa's critical short-term needs, with an experienced hand required to steer the club back up the table.

Instead, the season has been little short of a catastrophe for the Birmingham club, and Cascarino cannot understand the club's motives behind awarding Garde a long-term deal deal to take over.

The 53-year-old, who became Villa's then-record signing in 1990, said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "Change at the football club is going to be dramatic because the fall of Villa this season is like no other fall I can remember.

"I think there’s going to be changes at all different levels.

"I still can’t get into my head why Remi Garde was given a three-and-a-half year job when he got the job - Villa had to look short term."

Although he undoubtedly inherited an ailing side plagued by issues on and off the pitch, Garde leaves Villa with the lowest win percentage of any manager in the club's history, having led the team to victory in just 10% of his league matches in charge.

Villa, under the leadership of a new chairman and an overhauled board of directors, must now look ahead to next season in the Championship and consider their options carefully ahead of appointing a third new permanent manager in the last 13 months.

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