Garde’s departure looking imminent and some insight as to how neutrals see the Villa.

Remi Garde obviously hasn’t gone yet, but if the Evening Mail are to be believed, it’s looking mighty close.

All the typical circumstances are indicated.
Garde has been in France since the Swansea game (edit: just for clarity, apparently to visit a sick relative and a very good reason) and the players who aren’t involved in internationals are on light duties. Bernstein spoke to Garde last week and asked his thoughts and Hollis will meet the manager today for talks.
From that lot, my guess has to be that Garde and the club have agreed that he should leave and Hollis will pull the trigger in the meeting.

If my guesses are true, I don’t doubt that Garde will get a nice pay-off and while I don’t begrudge him it in the scheme of things, it just galls.
“X” (put your own figure here, but you can bet it’s six 0’s, with maybe a 2 in front) amount of pounds for five-six months work?
How much money have we lost through paying off managers and staff over the last few years?
That said, you might possibly think it’s worth it in this case, as Garde’s reputation has probably been decimated on the back of running our current shambles.
Still, at least he won’t have relegated us and I certainly feel more regret about Garde leaving than I do about Lambert and Mc spit.

On a brighter note, I’ve been trawling the news, as I always do when I first get in from work and came across an article on a site that I’ve not seen or at least noticed before.

Now I know some of you may not care about what others think of us and that attitude is typified by the “I don’t care about Chelsea” song etc, but I also know many of us are also extremely proud of our heritage and the part we played in the early days of footy.
I’m one of the latter group.

I said recently that I’ve spoken to lots of neutrals who genuinely think they don’t want the Villa to go down and the article somewhat confirms it.

So anyway, even if you can’t really be bothered to read all of it, I’d strongly recommend you jump to the last two paragraphs and at least read that part, as it sums up what I’m talking about.
The truth is it near enough left me with a tear in my eye;

The Decline of Aston Villa: A Personal Perspective


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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum March 22, 2016 at 7:29 am . Reply

    Does that link work?

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson March 22, 2016 at 8:08 am . Reply

      Yes Bum bum click on decline of aston villa. Just read it,

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 March 22, 2016 at 9:33 am . Reply

        It’s a good article and sums up the situation well. It’s scary as if the board get the next steps wrong (Lerner or no Lerner) we could become a distant memory for a very long time.

        The only positive for me is we do, at last, have a board with a combination of football experience and dedication to the club. I am also starting to believe that Hollis has actually spelt out to Lerner what has to be done if he wants to sell.

        The next few weeks are going to be an interesting time.

        1. Saddened
          Saddened March 22, 2016 at 10:55 am . Reply

          This club has turned too many decent level professionals (coaching & players) into shadows of their former selves, and we seem to get stuck with mercenaries, lets hope Hollis can see through all this and the Board start making proper decisions based on football and finances…. not one or the other !!

          And If Reme leaves today I hope he gets a new job asap and he never looks back to his time at the Villa !!

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson March 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm . Reply

    On Facebook he’s gone? Any truth in that.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 March 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm . Reply

      Not being reported anywhere else that I can find Bill

  3. Samson Hemsworth
    Samson Hemsworth March 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm . Reply

    I’ve heard from somewhere Nigel Pearson in with Shaun Teale as a coach. If they go with Man City connections, it will be be Sven Goran Eriksson or Mark Hughes. I’m guessing Brian Little would possibly recommend Gareth Southgate or David Moyes. Who would Remi Garde recommend?

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath March 24, 2016 at 1:15 am . Reply

      Garde would recommend Wenger to return the favour! First Fergie picks our manager now it’s Wengar what a joke

  4. Villain1
    Villain1 March 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm . Reply

    Put it this way, if you swapped Ranieri with Remi we’d be in the same position. The reason for the failure is the players and the owner, end of. These players are tossers of the highest order and if Remi goes I couldn’t give a s*** who the next manager will be, I want every one of troublemakers out. No Gabby, No Lescott, No Richards, and the rest.
    If these players aren’t removed, we aren’t tackling the root cause of the on field problems

  5. Rocky1
    Rocky1 March 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm . Reply

    If Gardi goes the 2m is nothng when you think of the psychological and mental torture the bloke has been through. Stitched up from day one and kicked in the bollocks in January. Whoever comes in needs the right people around him, my shout would be Martin Laursen as a number 2 to whoever. Brian Little could step in until the end of the season, as if my memory serves me right we played some good stuff under him the last time he was manger.

  6. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion March 23, 2016 at 1:40 am . Reply

    I shall not shed any tears for a football manager, Remi Garde included. They are very well paid in the EPL. The high level of pay comes from the fact that it is a highly competitive results business and 3 out of 20 minimum will be fired for being relegated, more just on the whiff of relegation.

    If you go for a job you give them your CV – but if you have got any sense you will also find the CV of the company (in abstract terms) and the Directors’ CVs from the Internet. So Garde knew Lerner had become a penny-pinching ‘couldn’t give a tosser’ before he put pen to paper. Remi is just going through the motions waiting for his payoff, for what has been a failure. I do not blame him for not resigning – that means walking away from a pot, but there are some managers with more principles, and perhaps more certainty of re-employment, who would have resigned when the transfer window closed.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 March 23, 2016 at 7:40 am . Reply

      Pay off may not be as high as we think dependent on contract terms. The calculation of any compensatory element for loss of employment is normally dependant on the period the person stays unemployed. If reports are to believed it’s likely Garde will walk into another position.

      But then Fox and his other two wise monkeys negotiated the contract!

    2. pat57
      pat57 March 23, 2016 at 11:27 am . Reply

      Well you can argue about the details but I’d just wish they’d hurry up and do it if that’s what they’re planning.

      Back in bloody limbo again. I wish someone would actually say –

      Yes we have a plan

      We’ve written it down

      And then tell us what it is

      Simple isn’t it?

      FFS if MI6 wanted to keep the a secret really safe they’d just put it in Villa’s executive strategy (or whatever they call it), no-one would ever find out.

      Hollis looks like he might be going in the right direction but he needs to start communicating with the fans.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson March 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm . Reply

        Pat57, absolutely right mate, but you know what? That’s aston villa a club that got nothing right over ten years, they even cannot start thinking about 2016-17 season its beyond them to say. Men in power? All the A levels and O levels but common sense its beyond thier comprehension. Getting nowhere again.

        1. pat57
          pat57 March 23, 2016 at 3:39 pm . Reply


          Unfortunately I have to agree

  7. Brian Halls
    Brian Halls March 23, 2016 at 6:16 pm . Reply

    I’ve followed the club over 7 decades and run a Facebook group Aston Villa’s greatest players. A total clear out then start building the right men around Brian Little, Peter Withe, Tony Morley, Dennis Mortimer and the like. whose life and soul are in the club. It will go nowhere whilst a banker is in charge. The best manager in the world cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Brian H

  8. pat57
    pat57 March 24, 2016 at 12:27 am . Reply

    Some good news perhaps. Moyes is apparently interested even though we’re going down.

    Given the right amount of money in the Championship I personally have no doubt that Moyes could get us back up. Might take more than one season though.

    Wondering if someone has had a word with him and offered him carte blanche at VP?

    I might even say a little prayer tonight 🙂

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath March 24, 2016 at 1:11 am . Reply

      Another dour boring Scottish manager have we learned nothing they are a jinx at Villa Park. No fan of Moyes anyway another Lamberk at best

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