With relegation rivals Newcastle United reportedly considering a late managerial shakeup to boost their survival hopes, should Aston Villa consider one more change at the helm in a last-ditch bid to stave off likely relegation?
Aston Villa have nothing to lose
United lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth on the weekend, and manager Steve McClaren admitted he was in the dark about his future with the club. Newcastle have been silent on the issue, but sources have said answers will be made in the coming days, potentially while they line up a viable replacement. The Magpies aren’t giving up without a fight, but why are Aston Villa?
The Midlands club are nine points adrift of safety, having lost four Premier League games on the bounce, but the sides around them are dropping points too. In fact, no side in the bottom-three have picked up more points in their last six games than the Villans, so why aren’t the board looking for one more coach to try and turn their form immediately around.
Garde’s appointment has horribly backfired
Reports from the camp have suggested division between the senior players, and the negative results are clearly the product of a broken dressing room. Manager Remi Garde has called out the players on many occasions for their lack of work rate and will to fight for survival this season, but it can’t be argued that his appointment hasn’t inspired the players as the board hopes.
In truth, the Frenchman was never the best option as he favours style over substance, while Aston Villa only have one way of playing given the personnel at their disposal. Garde’s hard work with the team hasn’t been reflected in results, and now the Claret and Blues are facing the prospect of relegation as one of the worst sides in history in regard to squad quality and their points tally.
Plenty of available experienced managers
Aston Villa still have 27 points to fight for, which would take their current tally to a meagre 43, but given their fellow relegation rivals are averaging less than a point per game this season, a run of wins could see Villa out of trouble. Leicester last season stayed up with seven victories from their last nine games so it’s certainly not impossible. However, it just doesn’t look likely with Garde still in charge.
Rafael Benitez, Brendan Rodgers, Garry Monk, Tim Sherwood (who was sacked by Villa earlier this season), David Moyes and Harry Redknapp are all available managers looking for work, but they may not be on board with having such little time to try and win consecutive matches with such a weak squad. But Aston Villa surely can’t give up on their pursuit for survival? Could a new manager turn them around in time?