Former Aston Villa player George Graham believes Remi Garde replacement must be British

The Frenchman's time at Villa came to an end this month.

Times are tough for Aston Villa at the moment. The club and manager Remi Garde parted company by mutual consent earlier this week and the club are on the brink of relegation to the Championship.

Some however would say this has been coming for some time. Since Martin O’Neill left Villa in 2010, with transfer funds seemingly the reason, times have been tough for Villa.

The club have fallen down the league table and sold some of their best players.

One former Aston Villa boss who is struggling to understand the problems at Villa Park is George Graham.

Best known for managing Arsenal and Tottenham the Scot’s first team in England was in fact Aston Villa as a teenager.

He told talkSPORT on Thursday (31/03/16) his thoughts on Villa:

“I’ve got a lot of affection for Villa. But there’s a lot going on at the club.

“After Martin O’Neill, he left them in a good position, sixth or so in the league. Then all of a sudden they start selling their best players. It was only a downhill spiral after that.

“I just feel for Villa. They have got a lot of work to do.”

He went on to discuss who should get the job. Whilst not naming specific managerial candidates he did insist that the new boss needed to be British:

“Very much so (they should be British). Because they are really struggling just now and someone coming in from Europe it is a tough one.

“It’s got to be someone who is a little bit experienced in the English game. Someone who has managed in the English game as well.”

That would certainly seem to fall in line with the current favourites for the role. Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes and Leicester City survival hero Nigel Pearson are believed to be in the running for the role.

Judging by Graham’s comments either would be a welcome addition at Villa Park.

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