New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has banned French in the dressing-room despite having a Gallic-flavoured squad.
Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gueye were all bought from Ligue One clubs in the summer, joining French speakers Rudy Gestede, Charles N’Zogbia.
“They have to learn English quickly. I don’t want anybody speaking French in the dressing room,” said Garde.
“It is very important we understand each other. It’s also important that the English players speak slowly sometimes at the beginning. Everyone has to make an effort.”
Martin Laurence of WhoScored has come up with five priorities for Garde at Villa – and it seems those messages need to be communicated in English.
Villa are currently bottom of the table with just four points after failing to win any of ten consecutive games.
“I think the current level of the table doesn’t reflect the level of the team,” Garde told the club’s official website.
“The situation at the moment is very difficult for everybody. I have watched a lot of the games they have played since the start of the season.
“The team is unfortunate at the moment. Hopefully we can pull together and improve the level. I am quite confident because there are some very good players in the team.”