By Editor Wayne Veysey

Remi Garde has agreed to become the new Aston Villa manager, Football Insider sources understand.

The Frenchman will sign a three-and-a-half year deal to become the club’s third manager in a year.

Football Insider revealed last Sunday that Villa were in talks with the former Lyon manager, who is on a sabbatical after leaving the French club in 2014 following three years at the helm.

Garde has now thrashed out a deal and will be appointed as the successor to Tim Sherwood, who was sacked as manager by Villa a week ago.

Sherwood became the third Premier League casualty this season after an alarming run of six consecutive defeats.

He was dismissed after Villa crashed to their eighth defeat from ten League games against Swansea eight days ago and Sherwood’s reign was over just five months after he steered them to relegation safety and the FA Cup final.

The Midlands club made an approach for Frenchman Garde, who played for Arsenal for three years in the mid 1990s, and a deal has been sewn up following extensive discussions over the last week.

He is not expected to be in place for Villa’s Premier League match against Tottenham tomorrow, which is expected to be overseen by caretaker Kevin Macdonald.