Villa target would be crazy to leave current job

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Despite all the pleasure and joys of the West Midlands, Remi Garde has not had a fun time at Aston Villa.

The French manager faced a mammoth task trying to keep the Villans in the Premier League and is almost inevitably going to fail.

Under the former Lyon manager, the claret and blue clad club have only won three games, giving the 49-year-old a 15.79% win percentage.

Garde is sure to leave Villa Park between now and the end of the season, with the only thing up for debate whether he jumps or gets pushed.

The board failed to back their manager in the January transfer window, making no signings despite their situation, with the Frenchman said to be frustrated by the lack of activity and this could ultimately see him resign.

Now the talk turns to who will take over from the gaffer, with one name leading the chatter.

According to the Guardian, the name on the top of Randy Lerner’s list is Hull City’s Steve Bruce, with the former Manchester United defender seen as the perfect man to reinvigorate the former European champions.

Bruce has led the Tigers to fourth in the Championship, but if they win their games in hand they will go second and enter the automatic promotion places heading into the crucial part of the campaign.

The 55-year-old has quickly put last season’s relegation behind him and also managed to grab a draw at the Emirates in the FA Cup.

Clearly Bruce would be a strong appointment for Villa, but leaving a team with a realistic chance of playing in the Premier League for one guaranteed to be in the second-tier would be madness, especially now.

The money flowing in to the English top-flight is allowing even the smallest teams to flex their financial muscle, with Leicester City, Watford and Bournemouth showing the potential to make real gains and Bruce shouldn’t throw away the chance to do this at Hull.

Furthermore, as a former Birmingham City manager, the English boss may not be the most popular figure in Villa Park, with Alex McLeish proving this is a difficult transition.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.