Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has left by mutual consent after just 147 days at the Premier League’s bottom club. The 49-year-old Frenchman replaced Tim Sherwood on a three-and-a-half-year deal in November, but departs after six successive defeats. His last game in charge was a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on 19 March, a result that left Villa 12 points from safety with seven games remaining. Villa won only two of their 20 league games during Garde’s tenure. A club statement thanked the former Arsenal player for his efforts during a difficult period and said Eric Black would take temporary charge.
Former Lyon boss Garde was said to be considering his future at the club after being unable to make any signings during the January transfer window. He has also been among those who have criticised the players for a perceived lack of desire. Garde had become increasingly dispirited by performances and said he felt “humiliated” after a 6-0 defeat by Liverpool last month. It was the first time the Midlands club had let in six at home in a league game since October 1983. His only victories came against Norwich City and Crystal Palace in the league, and League Two Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup. He recently refused to comment on reports Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is keen for him to return to the Ligue 1 club next season.