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article imageRémi Garde appointed Aston Villa manager

By Mugais Jahangir     Nov 3, 2015 in Sports
Aston Villa confirm the appointment of Rémi Garde as their new manager. He is the third manager in eight months to join Villa.
Less than 10 days after sacking Tim Sherwood, Aston Villa announced the appointment of Rémi Garde. The Frenchman agreed to a contract that will run until May 2019.
Premier League connection
Rémi Garde joined Arsenal in the Premier League in 1996, as one of the first few signings by Arsenal under Arsène Wenger. He was a part of Arsenal's double-winning campaign in 1997-98, before retiring in 1999 due to a knee injury. Arsène Wenger backed the appointment of Rémi Garde:
“Remi is an intelligent man who has experience in Lyon now. He will try to get his ideas through, the ideas he got through in Lyon and hopefully it can work. They have five or six French players there who haven’t all had an impact, maybe he will give them a chance, I don’t know.”
Managerial achievements
Garde joined Lyon in 2003 as an assistant manager and took over as manager in 2011, following Claude Puel's departure. Under Rémi Garde, Lyon finished fourth, third and fifth, while winning the French Cup in 2012. They also managed to reach the Europa league quarter-finals and French league cup finals twice.
Games managed: 117
Won: 60
Drew: 26
Lost: 31
Win %: 51.28
Lyon were keen for him to stay as their manager in 2014 but Garde insisted he wanted a break from the game.
Rémi Garde has a tough challenge ahead of him at Aston Villa, who are currently bottom of the Premier League. They have earned four points so far, winning just one game from the opening 11. Garde is aware of the task awaiting him but he is also delighted to join the club:
"It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club. I've had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and Chief Executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the Club and I'm excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them. Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I'm looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa."
Garde's first game in charge as the Villa manager will be against Manchester City on Sunday, November 8.
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