remRemi Garde has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year contract, the struggling Premier League club announced on Monday.

The former Lyon coach, 49, succeeds Tim Sherwood, who was sacked on October 25 after a run of six successive league defeats that saw last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists slip into the relegation zone.

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“It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club,” Garde said in a statement on the Villa website.

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“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.”

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