Garde’s reign at Villa Park was finally put to an end in recent days after much speculation.
Many feel it was the correct decision, with Villa rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, yet the former Arsenal midfielder had only been in charge for a little over four months.
He succeeded Tim Sherwood in early November, yet the Frenchman struggled to turn things around and ended up leaving Villa with the club’s worst ever top-flight win percentage ratio of just 18%.
Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror: “Remi Garde was on a hiding to nothing at Aston Villa – but he was one of the worst managerial appointments in Premier League history.”
Jewell found the Rams in a similar position to which Garde found Villa, cut loose at the foot of the table, drained in confidence and still ruing a disastrous previous summer transfer window.
Derby, like Villa, had just one win under their belt and a handful of draws... Yet, somehow, Jewell managed to turn an extremely poor Derby side into an even worse one within weeks of taking over.
The former Wigan Athletic man sold the core of the team which got Derby promoted - Matt Oakley, Steve Howard and David Jones - in January, and replaced them with expensive flops from abroad.
The Rams failed to win another Premier League match under Jewell’s tenure, and they ended up suffering humiliating defeats including a 6-0 home reverse to no other than Aston Villa.
Whatever Villa fans are thinking about their club right now, Derby fans can relate almost to a tee after they broke numerous unwanted top-flight records after picking up a measly 11 points in the entire campaign.
It took five years and plenty of hard work for Derby to get over the shambles which happened under Jewell’s guidance at the iPro Stadium, and Villa will be praying they don’t go down the same route.