Remi Garde insists he will ignore the scaremongers who believe Aston Villa are doomed to the drop – but admits he wants a rapid improvement from his players.
The new boss earned a vital point in Villa’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City in his first game in charge on Sunday.
It ended Villa’s run of seven straight defeats although they remain bottom and five points from the Premier League safety line.
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The side were written off under former boss Tim Sherwood but after replacing the ex-Tottenham manager Garde hopes to have changed perceptions.
He said: “Hopefully yes, but I am not going to fight (opinions) outside the club. It would be useless. My job is concentrate on where the strengths within the club are and to focus on that and try to do it better for the team.
“We will train as much as possible as I need to know my players better, I need to see where we can improve quickly. I think the plan is to work hard because we have no time. We need to get more confidence and I am convinced that to get more confidence it is through the work.”
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