Remi Garde is unlikely to be remembered fondly by Aston Villa fans and that’s putting it mildly.
The French manager departed by mutual consent on Tuesday following a poor season that will undoubtedly see the Villans relegated.
Garde’s league-win percentage with the Midlands outfit was only 10% and this makes him their worst boss ever.
Indeed, the former Arsenal player ranks alongside the likes of Terry Connor, Chris Hutchings and Sammy Lee as one of the poorest gaffers ever to grace the English top flight.
However, the 49-year-old does deserve a defence and all the problems at Villa Park can’t be laid squarely at his door.
Firstly, none of the players in his squad were signed by him and he has had to make do Tim Sherwood’s recruits.
Clearly the squad wasn’t up to scratch before he arrived, having failed to win a league game since the opening day of the season and without investment it was going to be a difficult task to bring about significant improvement.
It’s rare for a manager not to be given the chance to mould a team in his own image, with even Paul Jewell getting the opportunity to bring in eight players in the January window when he took over struggling Derby County in 2007/08.
Furthermore, Garde has success at his previous employers Lyon he won over half of his matches in charge and led the French side to Coupe de France and Trophee des champions glories so is clearly not as incapable as his Premier League record suggests.
Sherwood was sacked after ten games and in that time he only picked up four points, while Garde picked up seven points in his first ten games and only lost five, with Tactics Tim tasting defeat on eight occasions.
Considering they were working with the same team and Garde couldn’t bring anyone in, the root of Villa’s on-the-pitch problems clearly stemmed from Sherwood.