Why Remi Garde needs to stay at relegation-threatened Aston Villa

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 03 February 2016, 15:40

Remi GardeRock-bottom Aston Villa slumped to their 15th Premier League defeat on Tuesday, leaving the struggling Midlands outfit 10 points adrift of safety with just 14 matches remaining.

Bookmakers Sky Bet now have Villa priced at 1/66 to be relegated at the end of the season, and bar an astonishing turnaround, the club are doomed. If Villa do drop out of the top-flight then The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) believes that their gaffer Remi Garde should stick it out and attempt to bolster his managerial credentials by inspiring an instant return to the Promised Land...

...REMI GARDE says he is considering his future after Aston Villa fail to sign any of his transfer targets last month.

Quite frankly, there is nothing to consider. The future for Aston Villa has been cemented in long ago as the fallen giants head in only one direction.

Buying a couple of players in a desperate scramble, to sprinkle throughout his team of wasters is not going to save the 1982 champions of Europe from a most undignified relegation.

The Championship is looming and there must be a degree of sympathy for Garde, new to the job and now facing the drop at the end of only half a season.

But the former Arsenal midfielder, who was Arsene Wenger's first signing back in 1996, is no stranger to English football.

And what better way to prove yourself a serious contender in the management game than to go down with your club and then bring them back up again?

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If Garde could do that then he would prove himself just as good, if not better than the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

Neither of these two men have ever seriously had to put their credentials to the biggest test of all. Going down in England and then slugging it out in this country's most difficult division to get promoted again.

Mourinho was under the cosh for the first time ever earlier this season during Chelsea's alarming slump and he struggled to find a way out of it.

Maybe we have learned something there about The Special One that we did not know before.

Guardiola will march into Manchester City this summer full of praise and surrounded by people determined to tell us what a great manager he is, but do we really know yet?

Being handed league titles in Spain and Germany is one thing. The nine month dogfight of the Premier League is another.

If Garde chooses to quit Villa at the end of the season he will have let slip the greatest opportunity of his career.

Villa will be the Manchester United of The Championship. Every team will raise its game to beat them on the Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday slog.

But if you're genuine about becoming a top manager then you have to be prepared to put it all on the line.

Managers earn their wages in the bad times not the good.

Sam Allardyce has taken up that chance with Sunderland and opted to take over a team stuck in the bottom three in October just a few months after leaving West Ham.

They are still one off the basement but Big Sam is facing the challenge head on.

Garde was quick to take the job when Tim Sherwood got the sack. He knew what he was walking into and he was fully aware of the situation Villa will be in as this season unfolds.

A quick glance at the Premier League table would have explained that.

He will learn a lot about himself in the next few months in what will be Villa's ultimately futile battle against the drop.

He would learn even more next season were he to show a bit of backbone and stick it out.

Were he to bring Villa back up in May 2017 then overnight he would be able to look the likes of Guardiola and Mourinho in the eyes - and not blink.


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