Former Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has accepted a role at MLS side Montral Impact, according to Goal.com

The former Arsenal and Lyon footballer was appointed as manager of the MLS side after Mauro Biello departed the Canadian club.

51-year-old Garde managed in France with Lyon between 2011 and 2014, winning the Coupe de France title in 2012, and took over at Aston Villa in November 2015. However Garde lasted only a handful of months in the hot seat as he left the following March after Villa were relegated from the English Premier League.

Garde becomes the Canadian side’s fifth manager since they entered the MLS in 2012, following Jesse Marsch, Marco Schallibaum, Frank Klopas and Biello.

Speaking after appointing the former Arsenal defender, Impact owner Joey Saputo said: “We believe Remi Garde’s tremendous experience, his vision and knowledge of the game and his intimate understanding of youth development will give this club a new start at every level,”

Garde managed only four months in charge of Villa. He inherited the squad from Tim Sherwood with the Villains bottom of the League, twelve points adrift of safety, and he was unable to inspire a charge to survival.

Garde managed to get only two victories aftering taking charge on November 3rd – against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Norwich – while the Frenchman took a sole point six times and lost on twelve occasions during his 18-game tenure.

His win ration of 10% saw him rank as the third lowest of Premier League managers to have overseen at least fifteen games.


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