Remi Garde is on the brink of being sacked by Aston Villa according to reports on Sunday, which also suggest they want to bring in Nigel Pearson as his successor.
The Frenchman’s disastrous four-month reign at the Premier League’s bottom club is set to end in the next 48 hours, according to the Sunday Mirror, as new chairman Steve Hollis prepares the club for life in the Championship next season.
The paper claims Garde has lost support in the boardroom and dressing room to such an extent that Hollis is coming under pressure to act now, rather than wait until the end of the campaign.
The club’s Under-21 coach Kevin MacDonald would take temporary charge of the first team until a permanent successor is found.
A Villa insider told the paper: “Morale at the club could not be lower – and Garde’s demeanour is of a a dead man walking.
“He has hardly spoken to anyone at the training ground all week and it will be a relief to all concerned when the end finally comes.”
Garde on Swansea defeat
Garde said he was pleased with his players’ performance, despite seeing them lose a seventh straight Premier League match, 1-0, at Swansea on Saturday.
“I think we quite controlled the game, the first half especially,” Garde said after the game.
“But without scoring in that period you will have a tough time second half.
“The disappointment is that we didn’t score.
“They shot once on goal and scored. That is hard to take, but I am pleased with the spirit.
“Until mathematically it is not possible why should we give up?
“We have shown the opposite of teams that give up.”
Hollis, however, has reportedly already instigated a search for a British manager with a proven track record of getting teams promoted from the Championship.
Pearson, the former Leicester City boss, is the leading candidate, while former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is another contender for the job.
Former Villa midfielder and boss Brian Little has been brought in as an advisor and the club will lean on his expertise to find the right man.