In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Aston Villa have tonight confirmed that manager Rémi Garde has left the club by mutual consent.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) March 29, 2016
A statement on the club’s website thanked Garde for his efforts but did not give any hints as to a potential permanent successor:
“The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Rémi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.
Eric Black will take over as acting manager until the Club appoints a new manager.
There will be no further comment from the Club at this stage.“
The 49 year old former Lyon boss took over from Tim Sherwood at Villa Park in November of last year, but a run of just two wins from 20 Premier League matches has seen the club rooted firmly to the bottom of the table for the entirety of his five months at Villa Park.
Rumours have been rife for the past ten days or so that Garde was to lose his job at the club, and after a series of showdown talks with the Aston Villa board, the discussions have yielded the predicted outcome.
Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson remains the bookies’ favourite to take control at Villa Park this summer, though David Moyes, Steve Clarke and Garry Monk have also been mentioned.