Aston Villa in crisis: Andy Gray says club need a Graham Taylor-like boss to lead revival

30 Mar

Andy Gray says Aston Villa must appoint a home-grown manager with lower league experience to replace Remi Garde.

Garde left his role at Villa Park by mutual consent on Tuesday afternoon after a miserable five months at the helm.

The Frenchman won just two of his 20 Premier League games, to leave the club facing relegation to the Championship.

According to Gray, it is now vital the Villa board look close to home for an experienced boss to lead their revival – just like they did when they last dropped out of the top-flight in 1987.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Holte End hero said: “There is a lot of things I think the new manager should have and there are plenty out there who have it.

“They must have knowledge of the league that they are going to be playing in next season – and that is the Championship. Knowledge of coaching down at that level and knowledge of the British game is hugely important.

“I’m not saying that you can’t employ a foreign coach, Yes, you can. But to employ a foreign coach in the Championship for Villa would be a mistake.

“There are people like Nigel Pearson. He has the credentials. David Moyes has the credentials. Brendan Rodgers has the credentials. It is whether people of that quality would now take this club.

“One thing Villa have done pretty well over the last few years is destroy the myth that this is a great club. It is a great club and people don’t see it anymore.

“This is fanastic football club, it has got a fantastic fanbase and it needs someone to go in there, grab it by the bootlaces, give it a good shake up and say ‘these are my ideas, come and follow me, I am getting us up first time of asking next year and we are moving back again’.

“It is a bit like ’87 all over again when they went down and took a punt on Graham Taylor. With his knowledge of the lower leagues, he went in and took them straight back up again and took Villa forward in a great way. They need a person like Graham Taylor again coming in and shaking this club up.”


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