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Overhaul of Aston Villa board leaves Remi Garde’s future in doubt

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Remi Garde Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Remi Garde’s first season in charge of Aston Villa has not gone as planned, and he could be on his way out this summer.

Garde took over in November with the Villans last in the league, and he has been unable to turn things around as Villa has remained glued to the bottom of the table.

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With the club almost certainly headed to the Championship next season, the rebuilding process has already begun as sporting director Hendrik Almstadt and chief executive Tom Fox both stepped down from their positions this week.

Both Almstadt and Fox had come under heavy criticism for their transfer policies which saw the club fail to give any financial support to Garde in the January window.

The club then announced on Friday that a new “Football Board” had been created to oversee all football matters at Villa Park.

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With all the recent turnover at Villa, Remi Garde’s place at the club has come into question. When chairman Steve Hollis was asked about Garde’s future, he refused to give a definitive answer, saying he would let the board conduct a review and then a decision would be made.

In recent interviews Garde has looked a defeated man, and even if Villa wanted to keep him, it’s very likely he would walk away in the summer anyway. The nightmare for Villa supporters is almost over, as the end of the season can’t come soon enough.