Aston Villa: Tim Sherwood v Remi Garde - the stats this season

Rémi Garde

The 49-year-old Frenchman left Villa on Tuesday night after only 147 days in charge, but did the team make any improvement during his reign?

When Remi Garde originally replaced Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager in early November, most understandably assumed that things could only get better.

After keeping the club up the previous season, Sherwood endured a miserable start to the current campaign, guiding his side to just one win in their first 10 Premier League games before being sacked after a run of six straight defeats.

Villa were sitting four points from safety at the foot of the table when he was unsurprisingly shown his marching orders, but almost five months down the line the situation is even worse.

The Midlands outfit are now 12 points off 17th after recording just two wins in Garde’s 20 league games in charge and look all but certain to be relegated for the first time since 1987 with seven matches remaining.

Not only that, but they also find themselves searching for their fourth manager in just over a year after the Frenchman left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday night after just 147 days at the helm.

His reign started fairly promisingly with a 0-0 home draw against Manchester City, but a dismal 4-0 loss at Everton just two weeks later in his second match in charge set the tone for the rest of the former Arsenal midfielder’s time in the West Midlands.

While there were a few hints here and there that a revival could be on the horizon, there’s no disguising the fact that the statistics make for damning reading. Garde didn't necessarily take Villa backwards, but looking at the numbers, it's hard to argue he was an upgrade over Sherwood when all is said and done.

2015-16 Premier League ManagerGoals GAMETotal Shots GAMEShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMETotal Passes GAMEFinal Third Entries GAMEPossession PercentageAppearances
Aston Villa Sherwood 0.9 11 26% 8% 20.6 420.6 51.2 50% 10
Aston Villa Garde 0.6 9.95 31% 6% 22.9 407.45 53.5 47% 20

On a per-game basis, Sherwood's side scored more goals, recorded more shots, finished more of their chances, made more passes and had more of the ball than Garde's Villa, while just trailing in shooting accuracy, crosses and final third entries. 

It's a similar story defensively, too. Under the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach, the claret and blues conceded less goals, allowed less shots, committed fewer errors leading to goals, attempted more tackles, won more duels with a better success rate and made more recoveries. The only area his French counterpart comes out better in his errors leading to shots.

2015-16 Premier League ManagerGoals Conceded GAMEOpp Shots GAMEErrors Lead To Goal GAMEErrors Lead To Shot GAMETotal Tackles GAMEDuels Won GAMEDuel SuccessBall Recoveries GAMEAppearances
Aston Villa Sherwood 1.7 12.6 0.3 0.5 20.6 67.4 51.85% 65.9 10
Aston Villa Garde 1.9 13 0.35 0.35 18.1 54.3 50.65% 61.25 20

Of course, it's important to stress that Sherwood's numbers could well looking worse with a bigger sample size, but the simple fact is that Villa really did not make any progress under Garde. That's certainly not to say they would have necessarily had a better chance of survival had they stuck with the Englishman, but they could have saved themselves around £3.5 million in total compensation.

Whatever the case, though, it's clear that the new look board can't let his situation occur again. The last two managers have had the shortest stints of any full-time Villa boss largely due to mismanagement upstairs, while the next man in charge will be their sixth appointment since Martin O'Neill's shock departure on the eve of the 2010-11 campaign.

Under the Northern Irishman, the club came close to Champions League football with three successive sixth-place finishes, yet less than six years later they are set to drop into the second tier and miss out on the riches of the Premier League's new TV deal in the process.

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