Cape Town - Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Frenchman Rémi Garde as the new manager of the Premier League club.
The 49-year old takes over at the club after previous manager Tim Sherwood was sacked following a run of poor results.
Garde has agreed a contract until the end of the 2018/2019 season.
The Frenchman had recently spent a three-year period as manager of French Ligue 1 side, Lyon. Under his leadership, Lyon won the Couple de France and the Trophee des Champions.
"It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club," said Garde.
"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," he added.
Tom Fox, the chief executive at Aston Villa, was also very pleased with the appointment.
"For the past year we have been working purposefully to transform the Club in order to build a successful organisation that can compete and succeed in the Premier League.
"Finding a manager who shares and believes in our vision and has the ability to bring it to life through performances on the pitch is essential.
"We are confident that Rémi is the manager who can deliver the best from the current squad and help set the club up for future success," said Fox.
Villa face Tottenham Hotspur in a fixture at White Heart Lane tonight (Monday), while Garde's first official fixture in charge will be at home to Manchester City on Sunday, November 8.