Arsenal scout lends his backing to Aston Villa boss Remi Garde

Questions have been asked over Aston Villa boss Remi Garde’s future.

Arsenal scout Luis Boa Morte says Aston Villa boss Remi Garde isn’t a bad manager and believes the blame for the club’s poor season should lie elsewhere, the Daily Mail reports.

Garde took charge of the Villains in early November, succeeding the previously sacked Tim Sherwood.

The former Arsenal player joined a mess at Villa Park, and during his tenure not much improvement on the field has happened as the club remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

Questions marks have been asked of Garde’s ability and whether Villa should keep hold of him beyond the summer, yet Luis Boa Morte believes the damage to the club was done prior to the Frenchman’s arrival.

“Garde has been a coach for many years, he did a very good job at Lyon, when he got to Villa, they were already in boiling water. Of course he tried to be positive and get the best out of the players. It didn't work out but it doesn't mean he is a bad manager,” the Gunners’ scout explained.

“For the club to be in that state, other managers must have also contributed, not just him. Remi Garde did the right thing to accept the job and try to turn things around. Sometimes it doesn't work out.”

Villa currently sit on just 16 points from 31 matches played, 12 points behind Norwich City and safety with only a handful of matches remaining between now and the end of the season.

Championship football is heading to Villa Park, and the club must start their preparations early if they wish to have any realistic chance of immediately bouncing back to the Premier League.

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