Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged Remi Garde to accept the Aston Villa job – insisting it is too good an opportunity to turn down.
It is understood Villa chief executive Tom Fox, formerly chief commercial officer at Arsenal, asked Wenger for an opinion on his compatriot – who is believed to have agreed personal terms at Villa Park.
The arrival of Garde was cast under some doubt after the 49-year-old’s former club, Lyon, refused to allow coaches Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle to move to Villa Park – however Wenger believes Garde should accept the job regardless.
“That’s my thinking. He should just take it,” said Wenger.
“I think they met Remi Garde with the chairman and they made their opinion. I don’t think Tom Fox knew Remi Garde. I don’t think he was here at the time but certainly he got some information from people who knew Remi.
“It is a big challenge for him but it is a big opportunity. You do not get 20 opportunities to come to England and at the moment, in Europe, you find 250 managers who want to come to England.”
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