Aston Villa and Garde part ways by mutual consent

Remi Garde has left Aston Villa by mutual consent less than five months after taking charge at Villa Park, the club has confirmed.

Villa are 20th in the Premier League and facing almost-certain relegation to the Championship having won just three matches this season.

Eric Black, who was brought to the club as a first-team coach in January, will take over as acting manager until a permanent appointment is made.

“The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future,” a Villa statement reads.

Villa have lost six matches in a row, scoring just two goals in the process, and are 12 points from safety in the English top flight.

Garde had to wait until January 12 for his first win in the league – a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace which was their first triumph since the opening day of the season.

The Frenchman followed that up with just one more victory, however, with the 2-0 win over Norwich City in February followed by their current run of defeats.

Villa have now employed five permanent managers in less than six years, with only Paul Lambert remaining in the job for more than 12 months.

Garde’s winning percentage of 16 per cent in all competitions is the poorest of any non-caretaker manager in Villa history.

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