Ghana forward Jordan Ayew will return from the international break and meet a vacant seat on the technical bench as Remi Garde became the latest managerial casualty in the premier league this season by parting company with Aston Villa on mutual consent.
The former Lyon boss took charge of the Midlands in November last year, but they remained at the bottom of the log, 12 points adrift from a position of safety.
“Manager, Remi Garde, has today left Aston Villa Football Club by mutual consent,” said the club’s hierarchy in a statement.
“The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.”
The club informed that Eric Black will now take charge on interim capacity until a permanent successor to Garde is appointed.
Reports say that former Everton boss David Moyes, ex-Swansea City coach Gary Monk, and former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said to be among the frontrunners for the post.
Villa won just two of their 20 Premier League fixtures under Garde, giving him a lower victory percentage than any other manager in the club’s history.