Garde hints at Villa exit after transfer let-downs

REMI GARDE.
REMI GARDE.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has indicated that he may reassess his position in the summer after failing to land any of his transfer targets.

The Frenchman has missed out on all the players he wanted to aid Villa's bid for survival in the Premier League.

He wanted Seydou Doumbia, who instead joined Newcastle United on loan from Roma, while Wahbi Khazri signed for Sunderland.

A proposed deal for Hajduk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic collapsed after a work permit appeal was rejected.

The manager is understood to have been left disappointed with Villa's barren transfer window.

A BIG LOSS

I'm not happy about this situation. I am not stupid and saying we need nobody.

REMI GARDE, Aston Villa manager, on the club's inability to get the players he really wanted during the transfer window.

"As a new manager, I would have expected new faces to support my changes," he said.

"I made a recommendation to the board. I tried to sign them, I worked very hard, but for different reasons, we couldn't."

He has also hinted that Villa's transfer and financial plans may have changed since he became manager in November, with the club now 10 points from safety.

"Maybe it was not as clear when I signed, but it's something that I don't want to discuss too much," he said.

"I understand that you cannot carry on doing the same things when you have not been as successful as you have wanted.

"I cannot say the club haven't done everything they could. It wouldn't be fair.

"I'm not happy about this situation. I am not stupid and saying we need nobody.

"Some people have to be brave enough to say what have we done wrong in the past and what we should be doing now to stop that and to be better, maybe not in the next months but the next season or in two or three years."

Earlier on Monday, Garde had admitted that any late deals would not have been his first choice, having failed to land the likes of Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy, who joined Bordeaux late on deadline day.

He also spoke personally to Doumbia to try to convince him to join Villa, who are bottom of the Premier League.

THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2016, with the headline 'Garde hints at Villa exit after transfer let-downs'. Print Edition | Subscribe