Karren Brady doesn’t blame Randy Lerner for making this decision

Karren Brady

Aston Villa are set to go down to the Championship at the end of the season.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has suggested in her football diary in The Sun that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner was right not to sanction any signing in the January transfer window.

Villa, who are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table at the moment, failed to sign a single new player in January.

Brady has suggested that Lerner did not approve any moves because he did not have any faith in Remi Garde, who was sacked as the Villa boss earlier this week.

“Aston Villa hand in their relegation note by sacking Remi Garde, their untested manager who took over a club with a grenade attached,” the West Ham vice-chairman wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Tuesday, March 29 entry). “This duly exploded.

“Owner Randy Lerner had already axed his entire executive. And he did not have the faith in Garde to let him take a chance in the January window. I don’t blame him.

“Villa had written the note by then and who would he get and at what cost Now Lerner has to find a proven manager and give him time to rebuild a great club.”

Villa are virtually guaranteed to go down to the Championship at the end of the season, and the club should start looking for a permanent successor to Garde.

The Frenchman’s appointment was strange, and it is time for the Villans to move on. The Championship is a hugely competitive and tough league, and it would be tough for Villa to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

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