George Boateng amused at Remi Garde's decision to ban French whilst at Aston Villa

Rémi Garde

The Frenchman did not enjoy success at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa look likely to be relegated to the Championship this weekend unless they can pick up a dramatic result against Manchester United – a team who historically enjoy facing Villa.

Their season has been woeful and throughout the campaign they have managed to get through two managers. Tim Sherwood was sacked before the turn of the year and Remi Garde employed.

The Frenchman however suffered worse than Sherwood and failed to turn things around at the club.

One ex-Villa midfielder was speaking about Garde today (14/04/16), when discussing his former club on Sky Sports News HQ.

George Boateng stated his belief that Garde was never the right man for the job:

“What was really strange was when they changed manager and Remi Garde came in. I couldn’t understand why they had gone for a foreign manager when they are in a relegation fight.

“The club needed someone who has been there, done it and who knows the inside and out. It’s really hard.

“That’s why I thought the appointment of Remi Garde was kind of an odd one.”

He then went on to share his thoughts about a strange decision Garde made. When he was appointed many assumed that it was to placate the Francophone contingent in the dressing room. But the Frenchman then banned the speaking of French, something which amused Boateng:

“The funny side of it was I thought there is quite a few French speaking players at Villa. So I thought maybe they bring a French speaking manager in to help more of an understanding with the players.

“But then Remi Garde banned them from speaking French on the first day (laughs). I thought great so that (idea) can go out of the window.”

Garde and Sherwood however were never likely to get the best out of this Villa team. The summer business was poor and the players that needed to step up simply didn’t have it in them for a relegation fight.

Here’s hoping they bring in the right man for next season.

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