Man United flop David Moyes emerges as frontrunner for Aston Villa job

He did his best to improve relations behind the scenes with some impromptu gestures of generosity and goodwill but never fully managed to win the players over.

At Christmas Garde treated staff at the Bodymoor Heath training ground complex to a night out at the luxurious Belfry golf complex and gave them a present of an expensive bottle of French wine.

But he struggled to get a number of the senior players around to his way of thinking and became increasingly disillusioned by what he considered to be their lack of professionalism.

He made no secret that if he had his way a number of the club’s high earners would be out of the door.

But when there was no money spent in January, Garde realised that the writing could be on the wall.

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