BBC pundit explains why Aston Villa should wait until summer to make managerial appointment

Andy Townsend

Aston Villa are set to get relegated to the Championship.

Andy Townsend explained on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live Sport on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, April 4) why Aston Villa should not appoint a permanent manager before the end of the season.

Remi Garde was sacked as the Villans’ manager last month, with Eric Black taking temporary change of the first team.

Former Villa midfielder Townsend believes that the Premier League club should wait until the end of the season before appointing a new permanent manager.

“I don’t see the point of putting a manager in there right now because they are going to lose games between now and the end of the season, so that is going to take the sting out of any impetus they can get by a new appointment, so I think they may well be waiting until the summer before they make that appointment, but he will have a lot of work to do, the new manager,” said the former Republic of Ireland international on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live Sport on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, April 4).

Townsend makes a valid point, and Villa should heed his advice regarding appointing a new manager.

The Villans are virtually guaranteed of getting relegated to the Championship, and there is no point in appointing a new manager right now.

This does not mean that Villa should not look for a permanent successor to Garde. The club should do all they can in order to find the best and most suitable candidate to manage the team in the Championship next season.

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