By Matt Farr
Ex-chief Remi Garde has revealed his biggest Aston Villa regret was spending such little time at the club as manager last season.
The 51-year-old had been appointed as Aston Villa manager in November 2015 on a three-and-a-half-year deal, with the club bottom of the Premier League.
However, after a poor run of results that left the club on the brink of relegation to the Championship, Garde left the club in March 2016 by mutual consent.
He had won just three of his 23 games in charge at Villa Park, admitting on Tuesday that he regrets not spending more time at the club, but he added that he would love to see Aston Villa back in the Premier League again.
He told the Guardian: “I would have liked that this period lasted longer than it did, but that’s football life.
“Now I am only thinking about coming back one day in this country to work again and show I can be a manager here.
“I respect this club – especially the fans who were really supportive. I would be very happy to see Aston Villa once again in the Premier League.”
Garde has failed to land another managerial job following his departure from Aston Villa just over a year ago, despite boasting French giants Olympique Lyonnais as another club on his CV.
The Frenchman was the third of four managers (but the second on a full-time basis) to take charge of the club during their ill-fated campaign last term, with Eric Black appointed on an interim basis after his departure.
However, the managerial merry-go-round continue into the 2016-17 season, with Roberto Di Matteo taking charge of the club for their fresh start in England’s second-tier.
But after a miserable start to the season, Di Matteo was sacked in October and replaced by Steve Bruce, who is on course to lead the club to a mid-table finish.
Aston Villa are currently 12th in the Championship table with one game remaining.
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