Garde prepares Aston Villa for Chelsea clash as club stuck in manager stalemate
By Coral Barry
Remi Garde took Aston Villa training on Tuesday and is continuing to prepare the team for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea, according to a report.
Manager Garde is on the verge of the sack but is in a stand-off with the board over the size of his pay-off.
The Frenchman still has three years to run on the contract he signed in November and talks are continuing over his compensation package.
The Birmingham Mail reported that Garde took training as normal on Monday and once again on Tuesday, and is preparing the squad for Chelsea’s visit to Villa Park this weekend.
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A report in the Mirror on Saturday claimed that Garde is seeking at least £2million from the Midlands club and is refusing to quit so as not to violate the terms and conditions of his contract.
Garde has made it clear to the new-look Villa hierarchy that he does not see his future at the club and accepts that his exit is inevitable as the club face the almost certain prospect of dropping into the Championship.
Villa have already fired chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt in light of their investigation into the club’s terrible season.
The board are eager to dismiss Garde, but have run into trouble after the Frenchman’s insistence he will not walk until he is paid off.
Riley is also expected to be shown the door after £55million was spent in the summer on players who have failed to shine in a disastrous season.
In other Villa news, former owner Doug Ellis has given an update on Garde’s state of mind.