Garde ‘not too comfortable’ after Villa fans protest

Ian Watson

Remi Garde remained diplomatic having being caught in the middle following Aston Villa fans’ protest during their 3-1 home defeat to Everton on Tuesday.

Villa supporters made their feelings about the club’s desperate predicament known with their feet as many staged a walk-out in protest.

Upon their 74th-minute exit, signifying when Villa were founded in 1874, they had endured the best part of an 18th Premier League defeat of the season as goals from Ramiro Funes Mori, Aaron Lennon and Romelu Lukaku had Everton firmly in control.

Some had chosen to leave following Lukaku’s strike on the hour and many of those who remained joined them after 74 minutes, angry at the club’s lack of direction as Villa look certain to drop into the Sky Bet Championship.

Asked about the protest from Villa fans, manager Garde said: “I’m not too comfortable with this. I’m not in a position here long enough to assess the behaviour of everyone.

“I respect totally the fans as part of this football club but I have to respect as well my position and the people who put me in this position.

“I will focus my energy on trying to get the points we need. This is my job, to try to keep the players with as much confidence as I can and we need to stay together in this difficult situation.

“It’s difficult to find the right words but then we always have to find the resources deep inside, everybody has to do that.”