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Aston Villa sack Remi Garde

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Garde must wonder why he ever agreed to take over at Villa
Garde must wonder why he ever agreed to take over at Villa

Remi Garde has left his position as Aston Villa manager by mutual consent, the club have announced.

Garde replaced Tim Sherwood as Villa manager in November, but he has failed to avert the club's miserable slide towards inevitable relegation.

This is the statement that was released by Villa amid a busy night of international action:

Manager, Rémi Garde, has today left Aston Villa Football Club by mutual consent.

The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Rémi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.

Eric Black will take over as acting manager until the Club appoints a new manager.

There will be no further comment from the Club at this stage.

Garde, a former Lyon boss, won just two league games after taking over from Tim Sherwood. Villa have lost their last six and conceded 18 goals in the process. They are nine points behind second-bottom Newcastle.

The Frenchman was understood to be unhappy with his failure to be backed in the transfer market in January, with Villa opting not to sign a player despite his personal efforts.

The 49-year-old's departure follows a shake-up of the Villa board since the turn of the year, with both chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt quitting in the past fortnight.

Chairman Steve Hollis, who took over that role from club owner Randy Lerner in January, has been conducting an internal review.

Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King, a former governor of the Bank of England, have recently joined the board, while ex-Villa manager Brian Little has been appointed as an advisor.

Earlier on Tuesday former FA executive Adrian Bevington took up a role at the club, working with the board on the review into Villa's season.

Lerner has failed to find a buyer for the club after putting it on the market two years ago.

Nigel Pearson and David Moyes are among those who have been linked with the Villa job in recent days, but it would take a brave man to step in and jump on board this sinking ship.