Report suggests sacked Aston Villa boss will return to management in second tier

According to speculation in France, Remi Garde is set to take over at former club Strasbourg in the summer.

He has been out of football for less than a month but already it appears as though ex-Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is being lined up for another job, with French outlet Le Libero reporting that the 50-year-old will take over at his former club Strasbourg this summer.

Garde left Villa officially by mutual consent on 29 March less than six months after being appointed as Tim Sherwood's replacement after he mustered just two wins from 20 Premier League matches in charge.

A questionable and experimental choice at a time when Villa desperately needed an old hand at English football to steer them to survival, Garde was the wrong fit for the club and failed to inspire any real improvement in performances or results.

The Frenchman, who spent three years in charge at his boyhood club Lyon before moving to Villa Park, has been tipped for a return to his native country following his ill-fated spell in England.

Now, it appears as though the former Arsenal defender will return to manage another of the clubs he spent time at during his playing career, with Le Libero suggesting that he is in line to replace Jacky Dugueperoux at Strasbourg with the 68-year-old current coach expected to retire at the end of the season.

That move to the club Garde spent three years with as a player before joining Arsenal in 1996 would see him return to football in the lower leagues of France, with Strasboug currently looking a certainty for promotion from the third tier to Ligue 2.

The report claims that the manager and president, Marc Keller, have been spotted together at the club's stadium in recent weeks and suggests discussions have already begun about a return.

Meanwhile, relegated Villa continue their own hunt for Garde's permanent replacement, with Nigel Pearson thought to be the favourite to take over this summer.

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