The manager of Aston Villa Remi Garde has hinted that he may reconsider his position at the Premier League club over the summer after he did not manage to sign any of his transfer targets over the January window. The head coach has been unsuccessful in landing all players who he had considered as suitable additions to Aston Villa in an attempt to give the club chance for survival.
Still, Garde has revealed that he remains committed to his side until the end of the season. What is more, the manager will wait to see how much money will be made available for transfers over the summer window, as the club is almost certain to start the next campaign in the Championship.
Several players have been pointed as transfer targets for Remi Garde, including the forward Seydou Doumbia, who signed with Newcastle on loan instead. The midfielder Wahbi Khazri and the goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic did not join Aston Villa, too, because Sunderland signed Khazri, and Kalinic was rejected a work permit appeal.
As a matter of fact, Aston Villa were the only club in the league’s bottom six who did not sign any new players. This is considered as one of the main reasons why the now-manager will reassess his future in the club after failing to bring in any of his at least five targets.
A deal for Roma striker Doumbia had been negotiated for several weeks, but the player joined Newcastle on loan at the end, despite the fact that Aston Villa had offered a larger loan fee. The transfer plans of Garde for the Bordeaux midfielder Khazri also failed after the Premier League club’s board declined to spend £8 million on the winger, who subsequently joined the team of Sunderland.
Apart from being quite disappointed with his side’s barren transfer window, Remi Garde also indicated that the club’s financial plans may have changed since he took over the position of head coach in November. Currently, the club is 10 points above the relegation zone and occupies the 20th position in the Premier League table.
The Frenchman was promised some funds in order to bolster the positions of his squad over the contractual negotiations before being officially appointed as manager in November 2015. However, the club’s board refused to spend the money promised at the opening of the January transfer window, which left Garde discouraged with the obvious reluctance to support him.
Aston Villa have won only two of its games in the Premier League over the current campaign. The squad’s poor performance in the competition, including its results over the Christmas period, are considered the major reason why the club was forced to reconsider their January transfer policy.