Olympiacos En ‘Garde’?
Reports from France and Greece are suggesting that French manager Remi Garde is the man tipped to become Olympiacos’ next head coach. Multiple media outlets have reported that Garde arrived in Greece over the weekend to get a taste of the country, Piraeus, and to watch his possible future side in action.
It is well-known that owner Evangelos Marinakis is a big fan of the 51-year-old boss and that the club tried to entice Garde earlier this season. At the time, Garde turned down the Greek champions, but rumors persist that the time is now right for the two sides to come together.
Garde enjoyed a decent playing career as a defender/defensive midfielder where he mainly featured for Lyon and then later on Strasbourg and eventually Arsenal. He also managed six caps for France.
He began coaching in 2003 as an assistant at Lyon. He remained with the club in that capacity until 2011 when Claude Puel and the club parted ways. Garde was installed as the main man and spent three largely positive seasons with the club.
Garde seemed to reinvigorate Les Gones leading the club to Coupe de France success in the 2011/12 season as well as the Trophee des Champions (the equivalent of the Super Cup) at the beginning of the following campaign.
Garde left the club at the end of of the 2013/14 campaign citing personal reasons and needing a break from the game. Under his managerial reign, Lyon finishing 4th, 3rd, and 5th in Ligue 1.
In November of 2015, he was appointed as manager of struggling Aston Villa in the English Premier League. Long rumored to take over a job in England, Garde had finally arrived. However, it didn’t end up like he would have wanted. Villa continued to struggle and Garde won only three of his 23 matches in charge. The Frenchman didn’t last five months in the job and left in March of 2016 by mutual consent.
Since then he has been at the center of managerial speculation across Europe. Now, there is growing belief that Greece and Olympiacos will be the next destination for the man once branded as ‘Remi Guardiola’.