Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald watched his side lose 3-1 at Tottenham on Monday night and said new boss Remi Garde has a “big task” on his hands.
Villa have now made their worst ever start after 11 matches of a top-flight season and Garde’s first game in charge comes at home to league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
Garde, who played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and left Lyon after three seasons as manager in 2014, will have been impressed by his team’s character at White Hart Lane but Villa are struggling for goals, having scored just 10 in the league so far.
“There’s things for him to work with,” MacDonald said.
“There are some good technical players and I’m sure with his experience at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and from his coaching at Lyon he will instil his thoughts.”
Garde had not spoken to the Villa players before or during the match against Tottenham but the Fremchman is due to meet with MacDonald on Tuesday morning to discuss the team.
“It’s a big task,” MacDonald added.
“He must have the confidence in his own ability and the confidence in the players to want to take the job.
“He’s done both and I think he’s going to be the man to take us out of relegation trouble.”
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