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New Aston Villa boss Garde defends record: I know English football

Remi Garde. Credit: PA

Remi Garde has dismissed suggestions he lacks the experience to manage Aston Villa's survival fight.

The former Arsenal midfielder took up his first managerial role in England on Monday when he replaced the sacked Tim Sherwood at the Villa helm.

"Everybody had to start something in life. I'm not a new manager," said the former France international, who takes control for the first time against unbeaten Man City on Sunday, with Villa bottom of the Premier League and reeling after seven straight defeats.

"I have been in football for more than 30 years in every position. As a football player I had the chance to play for Arsenal for three years. I know the country and the way fans in England love the game.

"This is why I wanted to be back in England. Lyon play in Europe every year and I managed more than 170 games there. Sometimes experience helps you. Sometimes it's not only a question of experience."

Pellegrini hopes Delph gets a nice Aston Villa welcome

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on his return to Aston Villa this weekend.

Delph is set to face his former club. Credit: PA

Delph angered fans when he abruptly quit Villa Park in July just weeks after issuing a strong statement pledging his future to the midlands outfit.

The 25-year-old has featured little for City since because of injuries but is now back in contention and could feature at Villa Park on Sunday.

Asked if Delph could expect a difficult welcome, Pellegrini said:

No, I hope he will not receive that. He played a lot of years for Aston Villa and Aston Villa wanted to sell him also.

He continued being a player that gave a lot of his career to Aston Villa and I don't think the fans will forget all those things.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Aston Villa star Grealish can't play for England until 2016

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before being considered for England. Credit: PA

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before he is considered for his first England cap after FIFA confirmed the Aston Villa midfielder has still not been cleared to play for the Three Lions.

Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, but decided to switch his allegiance to England, the country of his birth, five weeks ago.

The Aston Villa midfielder and the Football Association submitted the relevant documents to FIFA at the end of September, but world football's governing body confirmed on Wednesday that clearance had still not been granted.

A FIFA spokesperson said: ''We can confirm having been contacted by the Football Association with a request for change of association of the player Jack Grealish.

''The matter is pending and being investigated by our services and as a result, we are not in a position to comment on it any further nor to give an estimation as to the relevant time line.''

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