Gabby Agbonlahor reveals his worst ever Aston Villa manager - ''Everyone didn't rate anything about him''

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 October 2019, 11:05

Gabriel Agbonlahor knows a thing or two about Aston Villa managers, considering that the now-retired striker played under nine (permanent) of them during his time at Villa Park.

Agbonlahor pulled the Villa shirt on 391 times and bagged 86 goals, 74 of which came in the Premier League - higher than any other Villan - since he made his club debut back in 2006 under David O’Leary. His final appearance came under Steve Bruce in 2017.

In an interview with Chris Sutton for The Sportsman, Agbonlahor has revealed the worst manager he played under during his time at Aston Villa...

“Remi Garde,” he told Sutton, who proceeded to ask why what he didn’t rate about the Frenchman.

“I think everyone didn't rate anything about him to be honest.”

Sutton then quizzed him: “Was there anything good about Remi?”

“ nothing at all,” replied Agbonlahor. “I think that was like the whole team as well to be fair.”

Garde was the surprise replacement for Tim Sherwood in November (2015) on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

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However, he could only register two wins and 12 points from 20 Premier League matches before he was given the boot 147 days later in March (2016), when Villa were 12 points from safety with seven games of the season remaining.

Garde, who vacated his post with the worst Premier League win rate - 10% - of any full-time Villa boss, witnessed his side concede a whopping 38 goals in total, which included a 6-0 hammering at home to Liverpool - the club’s heaviest home defeat for 81 years.

Garde infamously called out his players on a number of occasions...

“I don't see the commitment from all the players every day in training sessions.”


“If I had the choice of other players I would like to select, I would like to - but I don't have the possibility.”

The manager’s relationship with Agbonlahor was particularly frosty with the latter left out of a number of matchday squads during the beginning of Garde’s brief stint at the helm.

Eric Black was then placed in temporary charge but by then it was too late as the club lost their top-flight status after 29 years.

Garde has since spent 18 months in the Job Centre before he returned to the dugout in the MLS with Montreal Impact where he won 39% of his games through to August, when he was sacked.

Agbonlahor also told Sutton that his best Villa manager was Martin O’Neill who oversaw the club for four-years, during which he led his troops to a hat-trick of 6th place finishes.

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