Dire deadline day leaves Aston Villa boss on brink of exit

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After failing to sign a single player during the January transfer window, rock-bottom Premier League club Aston Villa could be about to lose their manager for the second time this season.

Frenchman Remi Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November, missed out on ALL of his intended targets during the winter window and is now thought to be considering walking away from the club.

In a statement released after the 11 o’clock deadline, the former Lyon manager said: “I understand that you cannot carry on doing the same things when you have not been as successful as you have wanted.

“I cannot say the club hasn’t done everything they could. It wouldn’t be fair. I’m not happy about this situation. I am not stupid and saying we need nobody.”

Garde saw a range of targets, from Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy to now-Newcastle loanee Seydou Doumbia, turn down the chance to join him at Villa Park.

He now faces the prospect of trying to overturn a 10-point deficit at the foot of the table with the exact same squad he inherited.

Aston Villa are heavy, 1/40 favourites to be relegated this season and face West Ham at Upton Park tomorrow night rated at 16/5 to pick up a victory.

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