first_img Aston Villa manager Remi Garde 1 Doomed Aston Villa should forget about signing Premier League players in the January transfer window and begin their preparations for Championship football, according to former goalkeeper Shay Given.Lifting the club to safety seems an almost impossible task for manager Remi Garde after his side suffered a 3-1 defeat against fellow basement battlers Sunderland on Saturday to leave them seven points adrift at the bottom of the top-flight table.Villa, who have claimed just one league victory in 20 games this season, have been linked with a number of targets as the boss aims to spark their great escape, including Chelsea striker Loic Remy and former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.But ex-Aston Villa glovesman Given claims the club would be ‘crazy’ to make any high-profile signings with relegation looming.“It’s sad because it’s a great club, but Aston Villa have to be realistic,” the Ireland international told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’re so far behind now, it already looks like it’s too far gone.“It would be crazy to sign more Premier League players in January to try and stay in the division, when they would have big contracts and big transfer fees.“They probably have to start preparing for the Championship next season.“They need to begin to get rid of the bigger earners at the club and bring in some Championship players as they look to next season.”last_img

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