Remi Garde claims that he has no regrets after ending up managing one of the worst Premier League sides in recent years.

Despite appearing to have many of the attributes of the Sunderland and Derby teams that previously smashed records in terms of (having very few) points and looking absolutely clueless, the newcomer to English football still insists he was right to turn down Newcastle.

Remi Garde has told The Times that he didn’t take the Newcastle job ‘for many reasons’, though after leaving Lyon to take a year out of management, it was widely believed that this was the overwhelming reason why he rejected the chance of a move to Tyneside.

It was February when United made their approach as even they realised what a catastrophic decision they had made, in putting the responsibility of getting Newcastle safely through to the end of season in John Carver’s hands.

February 2015

Remi Garde:

“I have a duty of confidentiality in this matter to Newcastle, I will be very honest with respect to the leaders of Newcastle, I can’t say more.”

November 2015

After joining Villa – Remi Garde:

“Yes I did receive one (an offer from Newcastle) but I said no because that previous one, the serious one, was in a period when I was not ready to start again.”

Coming back to the present day, Remi Garde explains the reasoning for taking the Villa job even though he must have realised it was very likely a hopeless situation, by saying that opportunities of Premier League jobs are ‘not very easy’.

After turning down Newcastle, doubtless Garde felt that if he didn’t take the Villa one then it was very likely he wouldn’t get the chance again.

Remi Garde talking to The Times this week:

You know, the opportunity to manage in the Premier League is not very easy,I previously had one opportunity (at Newcastle)….

“I didn’t take it, for many reasons, but this seemed the right one when I chose it. I have no regrets.”

Steve McClaren of course also rejected Newcastle during last season when John Carver was in charge, as it looked as though Derby had every chance of promotion.

If the Rams had gone up then it is clear that McClaren would never have taken the Newcastle job and I wonder what odds then there would have been of Newcastle going back to Remi Garde after his year of rest from football management?

He hasn’t performed any miracles at Aston Villa but little wonder with the dross he inherited, by far the worst group of players in the Premier League.

Despite what he has to work with, I think there have been clear improvements in Villa’s play but they were never going to be able to survive.

With Newcastle transparently having far more talent in their squad, I think it is obvious that any other manager would have struggled to do any worse than Steve McClaren has…but I do wonder just how much better United may have potentially done if Remi Garde had been appointed instead?