That loss, allied to the four points gained before Tim Sherwood departed Villa Park, leaves the Villains firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, although they remain just four points behind Bournemouth, who currently sit just outside the relegation places.
Speaking after his side were passed into oblivion by a Spurs side that never got out of second gear, Garde said: ‘I think I’ve made a huge mistake. Carles Gil and Jordan Ayew, they are very good players. But the rest of them? Guppy fish dressed up as sharks. And not even the good kind of shark. The type of shark you can swim with.
‘Oh God, what have I done’, the 49-year-old added, when he realised that he was uprooting his entire family from their French idyll to a Birmingham that as one expects him and his team to end the season in the very spot they now occupy.
For Tottenham, the win takes them to fifth in the table, but with three tough games coming up in ten days that include expected defeats to arch-rivals Arsenal and ‘jumped up yard boys’ West Ham United.