Aston Villa have officially announced the appointment of former Lyon boss Remi Garde as their new manager.
The 49-year-old has signed a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season and replaces Tim Sherwood, who was sacked last week.
Garde faces the most difficult task of his career, with the club sat bottom of the Premier League having picked up just four points from their opening 10 games.
However, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge and told the club’s official website: “It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club.
“I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.
“Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.”
A host of high profile names had been linked with the job, including the club’s former striker Dwight Yorke, but owner Randy Lerner said Garde is the perfect man to transform their fortunes.
He added: “Rémi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be – hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede.
“Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism – we are better than that. On behalf of the board we wish Rémi every success.”
Garde won the Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions during his three-year spell in charge of Lyon, while also guiding the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
He left the club at the end of the 2013/14 season, citing personal reasons for his departure.