Remi Garde has been linked with a return to his former club Lyon as his long-term future at Aston Villa remains in doubt.
The Frenchman has endured a miserable spell at Villa Park after being drafted in as Tim Sherwood’s successor in early November with just three wins from 20 games as the club sits eight points adrift of safety with 16 points from 28 games.
Relegation to the Championship looks a certainty and reports suggest that the current crop of Villa players now expect that Garde will be replaced at the helm ahead of next season.
Chief executive Tom Fox had publicly claimed that they will look to keep Garde to mastermind an immediate return to the top flight if Villa do go down.
However, Garde’s former assistant at Lyon, Bruno Genesio, has now said that he would like a reunion with him at some point and hinted that it could be at the French Ligue 1 outfit in the summer.
Genesio is currently in charge of the club after Hubert Fournier’s departure, but it appears that he would be happy to drop back down to a number two role if Garde was to return.
He reportedly told L’Equipe: “It seems to me hard to become number 2 at OL with someone else unless it’s Remi. And then, a new coach would perhaps not want to work with a former number one.”
He added: “I’ve always had a destiny linked with Remi. Our paths have separated themselves in a timely manner. We will have to work together again.”