Garde speaks to Houllier ahead of Villa unveiling

Mark Holmes
Remi Garde: Set to be announced as new Aston Villa manager

Remi Garde has spoken to one-time Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier over the past week as he prepares to take over the Premier League strugglers.

Garde is expected to be confirmed as the new Villa manager on Monday, with former US Boulogne and Bastia coach Reginald Ray his assistant at Villa Park.

Houllier, who had a spell in charge of Villa in the 2010-11 season, believes his fellow Frenchman will have little trouble getting his message across – but he has offered his advice should it be required.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “Remi takes over a team in a state of urgency and his first job is to get the confidence back into the players.

“He’s got a task on his hands to save them from relegation but I fully expect him to be a success in the Premier League.

“There is already a lot of talk about how he has not managed in England before but the same applies to Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez and even myself and they didn’t do too badly.

“He has spoken to me about Villa many times over the past week and I told him it was a great club with excellent facilities, a very good fanbase and they have a chairman that backs you.

“I will be here to assist him if he needs any advice, but he will have good people at Villa that can help him. He is not somebody who has no experience, he speaks the English language and will get his ideas and philosophy across.

“His philosophy will be attack-minded, he likes to build his teams from the back.”

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