Saturday media watch [02.01.16]
Daily Express:Rémi Garde has pledged to stay with Aston Villa regardless of their fate this season - and he insists the rock bottom club will back him. Garde says he will not walk away from Villa Park even if the team are relegated from the Premier League. And he claims the Villa hierarchy have promised him he is still their man despite eight games without a win since he took over from Tim Sherwood. Asked whether he wanted to stay and if the club had given him assurances, Garde said: "Yes. Both answers are yes."
Daily Star: Rémi Garde says he won't quit Aston Villa even if he leads them to relegation.The Frenchman insists the Premier League's bottom club will back him regardless of their fate this season. Garde is without a win in eight games after taking over a sinking ship from Tim Sherwood in November and his side look doomed. But he is adamant he will not walk away in the summer and says he has been assured his job is safe.
The Telegraph: Rémi Garde has pledged to stay at Aston Villa even if he fails in his survival mission. Garde is yet to win a Premier League game since his appointment in November but has the full backing of chairman Randy Lerner, with funds to be made available for this month's transfer window.
BBC Sport: Rémi Garde wants to remain Aston Villa manager even if they are relegated from the Premier League. The former Lyon boss signed a three-and-a-half-year contract in November, succeeding Tim Sherwood. Villa have failed to win any of his eight matches in charge and are bottom of the table, 11 points from safety at the halfway stage of the season. When asked if he would stay if the club were relegated for the first time since 1987, Garde said: "Yes."
Birmingham Mail: Remi Garde and Tom Fox have confirmed the Aston Villa boss will remain in charge if the club is relegated to the Championship. Villa go into the New Year propping up the Premier League table after picking up just eight points from 19 matches. Garde is contracted to Villa until 2019 and the boss himself and the chief executive insist he will stay come what may this summer. Asked if he will remain in charge if the club go down and if the club want him to, Garde replied: "Yes. Both answers are yes."
Sky Sports: Rémi Garde insists he will stay at Aston Villa even if the club is relegated from the Premier League this season. The former Lyon boss penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park in November, but has been unable to bring about a change in fortunes following a poor start to the campaign. Villa, who head to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday, are bottom of the table and 11 points from safety thanks to an 18-match winless streak. The Frenchman says he will stay to guide them out of the Sky Bet Championship if they are relegated and that the club want him to.
The Telegraph: A football team's fate is never sealed in January, yet for Aston Villa and Sunderland their position is so perilous at the foot of the Premier League that a defeat in their clash on Saturday would suggest they are already destined to be relegated. If the Championship play-off final is the most valuable club match in world football, this relegation showdown is its mirror image, a desperate bottom-of-the-table skirmish in a costly battle to cling on to a place in the richest club competition on the planet. The stakes are ridiculously high, even if the end of the season remains five months away.
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BBC Sport: Bournemouth have signed forward Juan Iturbe on loan from Roma for the rest of the season. The Cherries will have the option to sign the 22-year-old Argentine on a permanent deal in the summer. The winger trained with Bournemouth on Friday but will not be available for Saturday's game against Leicester as he is awaiting a European work permit. Iturbe joined Roma on a five-year contract from Italian rivals Verona in July 2014 for £17.4m.
Sky Sports: Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is enjoying speculation that he could be the next Manchester United boss. United are without a win in eight in all competitions and have fallen to sixth in the Premier League table having sat top a few weeks ago, increasing speculation on the future of Louis van Gaal. Hughes' name is reportedly in the frame if United decide to dispense with the services of the Dutchman who has also attracted criticism for the style of play at Old Trafford.
BBC Sport: Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is in discussions over a new contract at Selhurst Park and is confident he can bring success to the south London club. Palace were in the bottom three when Pardew replaced Neil Warnock last year, but having finished 10th last term they are fifth after 19 games this season.
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