Remi Garde is the new manager of Aston Villa. The 49-year-old Frenchman takes over after Tim Sherwood who was fired last week.
The former Lyon manager was unveiled as the new manager for last-placed Villa on Monday.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be the manager of such an illustrious football club,” Garde told avfc.co.uk.
“I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and Chief Executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the Club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.
“Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.”
Villa sits in last place in the Premier League standings with four points in 11 games after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
The loss against the Spurs was Villa’s seventh league loss in a row. The only league win this season so far came on Opening Day against newcomers Bournemouth.
Chairman and owner Randy Lerner is convinced that Garde can turn things around, despite a difficult task ahead of him.
“Rémi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be – hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede,” Lerner said.
“Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism – we are better than that. On behalf of the Board we wish Rémi every success.”
The former Arsenal player will have less than a week to prepare for his first game in charge as Villa takes on Manchester City at home on Sunday.