Aston Villa's new coach Remi Garde says he is honoured to have joined the struggling Premier League side.
Villa announced the appointment of Garde as their new manager on Monday.
The 49-year-old Frenchman, who during his playing days helped Arsenal win the Barclays Premier League title in a three-season spell in north London, has agreed a contract that will run until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Garde enjoyed a successful three-year period as manager of French Ligue 1 side Lyon between 2011 and 2014, leading them to the Coupe de France and the Trophee des Champions as well as the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.
"It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club," Garde told the club's website. "I've had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the club and I'm excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.
"Obviously, we have a difficult task in front of us but I'm looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa."Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN