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;