Aston Villa are reported to have identified Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier as their back-up target if Remi Garde turns down the job.
Villa have been in talks with Garde for several days, but wrangling with Lyon over his old backroom staff is holding up the deal. Fearing they could lose out on Garde, the Midlanders are said to have begun to think about potential alternatives.
Villa would have to pay compensation to secure Galtier, former assistant manager at Portsmouth, but a ‘leading source’ is said to have told The Sun that the 49-year-old is “fancied strongly” by the club’s hierarchy, who are said to want a French boss having signed Idrissa Gana, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout from across the channel in the summer.
Former Villa manager Paul Lambert can see the sense in the club looking at Frenchmen for the role.
“You have that different dialogue and it is a tough situation,” Lambert said of the Villa dressing room.
“Looking at Villa at the minute I am not so sure those lads really know what has hit them.
“Remi Garde could come in and obviously get a handle on the French-speaking lads, maybe there is an element of that.
“When you get in a dressing room and it is your culture and you have a lot of foreign lads they have to learn the language.
“Even when I played in Germany I thought: ‘I am going to have to learn the language really quickly’.
“So I knew the football language first and foremost, what is – man on, what is left, time and those sorts of things.”
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