Premier League: Aston Villa confirm appointment of Remi Garde ahead of match against Tottenham
Aston Villa Football have, as expected, announced the appointment of Rémi Garde as our new manager.
Garde has been the front runner to replace Tim Sherwood and the club have moved to confirm his appointment ahead of their clash with Tottenham on Monday evening.
The 49-year-old Frenchman has agreed a contract that will run until the end of season 2018/19.
Rémi's previous job was a three-year period as manager of Ligue 1 side Lyon where he led the club to the Couple de France and Trophee des Champions as well as the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Speaking to Villa's official website, Tom Fox, Aston Villa Chief Executive, said: "For the past year we have been working purposefully to transform the Club in order to build a successful organisation that can compete and succeed in the Premier League.
"Finding a manager who shares and believes in our vision and has the ability to bring it to life through performances on the pitch is essential. We are confident that Rémi is the manager who can deliver the best from the current squad and help set the club up for future success".
Rémi Garde said: "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."
Garde is expected to be at White Hart Lane this evening to see his side for the first time, but has had to alter his plans slightly due to his flight to Birmingham being affected by fog.
Villa are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, and head to Spurs who are unbeaten in nine league games.