MacDonald expects Garde to join Aston Villa

The caretaker boss is sure the club hierarchy will pay the compensation required to bring in the Frenchman’s assistant coaches if they believe he is the right man for the job

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald expects Remi Garde take charge at Villa Park if the club are willing to splash the cash to get their man.

MacDonald will manage the Premier League’s bottom side at Tottenham on Monday following the sacking of Tim Sherwood last weekend.

Villa are believed to have made former Lyon coach Garde their top target but the ex-Arsenal player wants to bring in two coaches, Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle, who remain under contract at the Ligue 1 club.

“If they’re desperate to get him, then they’ll pay the money,” MacDonald told reporters on Friday.

“He’s got a good pedigree as a coach and obviously the hierarchy think he’s the man for the job. Arsene Wenger came in with no Premier League experience and he didn’t do badly.”

MacDonald insists he is unaware of how soon Garde could assume first-team duties and is focused on preparing the team for the trip to White Hart Lane.

“I’ve been told I need to prepare the team for Monday – whether Remi has been given the position or will be in the stand to watch, I don’t know,” he added.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, is certain Genesio and Baticle will remain in France.

Aulas told Le Progres: “Remi, I hope, will go to Aston Villa, he deserves a big English club. But an assistant under contract cannot leave. And a deputy cannot ask [to leave].”