Garde: Houllier told me to take Villa job

Gerard Houllier and Remi Garde worked together at Lyon, and the 68-year-old told his former assistant he should take the Aston Villa job.

Remi Garde has revealed Gerard Houllier advised him to take up the vacant coach's position at Aston Villa.

Houllier spent less than a year at Villa Park between 2010 and 2011 before stepping down due to illness.

Garde previously worked as the 68-year-old's assistant at Lyon, and disclosed the close relationship between the pair facilitated his decision to join Villa as Tim Sherwood's replacement.

"Gerard told me a lot of good, positive things," he told AVTV.

"He encouraged me to take the job. We had a long chat together.

"Actually I visited him when he was manager of Aston Villa. So I was not totally lost when I came here to [training ground] Bodymoor Heath.

"We liked each other very much. I don't know why - sometimes you can't explain why.

"We had a spell together at Lyon and then we never lost contact.

"Of course when he spoke to me about Aston Villa it was all positive.

"He told me: 'Go on, it's a difficult situation currently but it's a big club with people who will work for you'. He told me they were very supportive."

After watching Monday's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham from the stands, Garde's first fixture at the helm will be at home against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.