Garde reveals ‘two players have already rejected Aston Villa in January

first_img Remi Garde 1 Remi Garde admits Aston Villa’s squad needs major surgery and revealed he is already losing out on players.The boss knows he must revamp his squad but insisted it will take time with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Villa signed 13 news players in the summer under former boss Tim Sherwood but they are 11 points from safety having failed to win since the opening day. Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt were in New York on Monday to meet owner Randy Lerner to talk about transfer plans. Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Garde conceded, despite their summer spending, he will need to overhaul the struggling squad again. He said: “In the long-term, for sure. But during this transfer window as I have said, January is not the best time to do things because it is very difficult for many reasons.“This is not the end of the transfer window and I am working on that. Attracting players in the situation we are in is not an easy task because players are not only attracted by money as many people think.“They also care about the project that we present to them. I have to say that if we had been in a better position I would probably already have signed at least two players.”Garde, who wants to sign Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy and Chelsea’s Loic Remy, confirmed he has already lost out on players because of Villa’s desperate position. “Yes. It is very frustrating but I came into a situation that I knew could be uncomfortable to me or for signing players,” he added.“But of course, when a player says ‘I would have liked to have worked with you but I’m sorry, I prefer to wait and see what happens’ it is very frustrating.“But I can do nothing about that.”last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell, the only celebrity to be interviewed by all FOUR Late Late Show presenters, said he hopes the RTE show will go on forever.The singer, who was interviewed by Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan and Ryan Tubridy, will appear on the show’s 50th anniversary special tonight.The Donegal entertainer told that all presenters brought a unique style to the show. “Somebody reminded me that I am the only person to be interview on the show by all four presenters.“Of course Gerry presented the show when Pat’s mother passed away and it was sad that he died.“All four were very different presenters but they all brought their own unique style to the programme,” he said.Daniel said his earliest memory of The Late Late Show was when his sister Margaret (Margo) appeared with Gay Byrne in the late 1960s. “I was only a boy and Margaret was only 16 or 17 and it was such a huge deal.“We all sat around the television and watched her and we jus couldn’t believe she was on the show.“When she came home to Donegal we had a big party for her.“Even now when I go on the show I get a little nervous because it is the biggest show on Irish telelvision,” he said.The singer said he estimates that he has been on the show on up to 20 occasions. However he says the occasion that sticks most in his mind is the show which Pat Kenny hosted for the victims of the Omagh Bombing.“I was singing on the show that night and it is something I will never forget. It was such a touching occasion.“People have their own favourite Late Late Shows but there are really so many great moments that it’s difficult to pick one which really stands out,” he said.Daniel said he hopes the Late Late Show will go on forever saying it was “part and parcel” of Irish society now. “People said that when Gay left it wouldn’t be the same and they said the same when Pat left.“I know numbers might be down but there is so much choice on television channels these days that people can choose whatever they want to watch.“But I think the Late Late Show has and always will be part of Irish culture and I hope it continues,” he said.DANIEL SAYS HE HOPES THE LATE LATE SHOW GOES ON FOREVER was last modified: June 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o’donnellLate Late Showlast_img read more