Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that he would welcome Remi Garde back to the club if he wanted to quit Aston Villa.
The future of Villa’s French boss, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November but has been unable to prevent the club hurtling towards relegation to the Championship, has been called into question in recent weeks.
And with Villa sitting nine points from safety with just eight games remaining, the focus at Villa Park appears to be shifting towards trying to set the club up to make a successful immediate return to the top flight next season.
Whether Garde will be involved in that remains to be seen but it is clear his former club are keen to take him back to the French Ligue 1 as quickly as possible.
On the 49-year-old, who won the Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions during his first three-year spell at Lyon, Aulas said: “We now need to structure it in the English manner with a great general manager who looks after the sport side of things.
“If he (Garde) called me tomorrow… He’s a child of the club, of the house. Shout it from the rooftops, it would help me a lot.”