Aston Villa are considering Steve Bruce as their next manager should Remi Garde choose to quit the club over the summer.
It's all doom and gloom around Villa Park currently as the club look set to drop down from the Premier League to the Championship following an abysmal campaign.
The Villans are nine points off safety with just nine games to go, and after winning just three all season, it's looking very unlikely that a great escape could be on the cards.
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Villa started the campaign with Tim Sherwood in charge, but after he got the sack, they turned to Garde, who came over from France in order to try and help resurrect Villa's season.
However, he's failed to do so and according to reports, he could walk out on the club over the summer.
Return To Lyon?
According to the Mirror, Garde could be set for a shock return to Lyon. The Ligue 1 side are currently under the guidance of interim-manager Bruno Genesio, who used to be Garde's assistant at the club.
Genesio is pretty confident he will be replaced in the summer, but he's reportedly keen on linking up with Garde again should he make a quick return to France.
Asked if he could revert to No 2 at Lyon again, Genesio said: “Only if it’s Remi - otherwise, this is not possible.
“Then, a new coach would perhaps not want to work with a former number one. Remi is a friend with whom I share the same football convictions.
“It was always in the back of my head the idea of working with him again someday. We’re friends and we share many things in this business. It’s stronger than anything, even we have different characters.
“Our pairing was very complementary – I miss him. If there is a qualification for a European Cup, whatever it is, the president verbally told me that I would be renewed. Otherwise, I have three-year contract as assistant.”
Bruce A Target
If Garde does leave Villa, they will look towards Hull City manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce is currently trying to get Hull back to the Premier League following their relegation last season, and the Tigers are currently sitting in a play-off position, just three points off an automatic promotion place.
Bruce comes with nearly two decades worth of managerial experience, starting his career way back in 1998 with Sheffield United, and he could be the experienced manager that Villa need to help them out whether they be in the Championship or in the Premier League.
If Bruce fails to get Hull promoted, he may be tempted to swap roles and try and get Villa back into the top-flight, should their expected relegation be confirmed this season.
A potential issue with the appointment however could be Bruce's past. From 2001 to 2007, the former-Manchester United player was manager of Birmingham City, one of Villa's biggest rivals.
Villa have been down that road before, hiring Alex McLeish despite his Birmingham days, and the Scot only lasted one year at Villa Park before losing his job.
However, Bruce has a good track record of winning promotion to the Premier League, doing it on two separate occasions, so they could warm to the idea of the former Birmingham manager taking over.
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