Report: Garde in early battle with Aston Villa over Steve Round's potential arrival

Aston Villa still want to appoint Steve Round, according to reports.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is already in a battle with the club's hierarchy over the potential appointment of Steve Round.

Garde has taken charge of two games since arriving as Villa boss at the start of the month, and has recorded a draw against Manchester City and a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Everton.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table with just five points from 13 games, and Garde has a huge task on his hands if he is to keep the club in the top flight.

Now, reports are emerging that Garde is in a battle off the field, with the Aston Villa hierarchy still keen to appoint Steve Round as one of Garde's assistants.

Round, most famous for working alongside David Moyes at Everton and Manchester United, is out of work right now, and would almost certainly jump at the chance to return to coaching in the Premier League with Villa.

Less than a week ago, Garde told Sky Sports that whilst he had a conversation with Round, the Englishman would not be joining his staff at Villa Park, as he is happy to have Frenchmen Reginald Ray and Robert Duverne alongside him.

However, The Telegraph report that Villa still want to appoint Round against Garde's wishes, and a decision over his potential arrival is expected within the next 24 hours, with Villa adamant that Garde needs a coach with considerable experience in English football alongside him as Villa attempt to avoid relegation.

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