Belfast Telegraph

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is set for change of mind over psychology

Remi Garde has admitted he could be forced to abandon long-held principles and turn to sports psychologists to dig Aston Villa out of the relegation mire.

Garde has refused to employ sports psychology so far in his managerial career, but accepted he may be forced into a rethink if Villa's awful run continues.

The midlands club remain winless in 16 matches after Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw at League Two side Wycombe, with Garde accountable for 10 games in that stint.

Villa have not won in the Premier League since a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth on the season's opening day, leaving Garde to accept he cannot discount any changes of method.

When asked if now was the time for the help of psychologists, Garde replied: "No, not for the moment.

"I've never used that in my teams, and that's it, but I'm very open-minded and if the solution could be from there, then I could do that."

Captain Micah Richards side-footed Villa into the lead at Adams Park on Saturday, before trudging off with a leg injury and then attempting to allay the frustrations of mutinous travelling fans.

After Joe Jacobson's penalty equaliser Villa's team bus was besieged by angry supporters on leaving the ground.

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