Garde confident of Villa safety

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Newly-appointed Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says he has a 'strong belief' that the club has the quality to avoid relegation this season.

Garde was confirmed as Villa boss earlier this week, following the sacking of Tim Sherwood, and takes over with the club bottom of the Premier League, having managed just four points from their opening 11 matches.

Garde admits the task of keeping the club in the Premier League is a difficult one, but the Frenchman is confident he can implement a new strategy at Villa Park that will give them every chance of avoiding the drop.

"I'm not a dreamer or a magic man, I have strong ideas," the former Arsenal midfielder is quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"I haven't the certainty we will stay in the Premier League because the situation we are in is difficult but I have a strong belief we will do it.

"Maybe that was why I stopped at Lyon – because you need strong energy for what I want to do – but now I think there are things I want to change. That is not saying what went on before was wrong.

"There is not only one way to win games but I have my ideas and a strategy that I want to implement.

"In football, things can change. If I didn't think I could change things I would have said 'No, this job is not for me', but I've got the hope that we can do it. I don't know what happened before, I was not inside and I can't judge. I can only focus on what will happen from now on."