Aston Villa will appoint ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde as their new manager on Monday – replacing Tim Sherwood.
The Frenchman will sign a three-and-a-half-year deal and will watch Monday’s trip to Tottenham from the stands.
The 49-year-old inherits a team bottom of the Premier League with just four points from 10 games.
Bastia coach Reginald Ray will become Garde’s assistant and the pair will take charge for the home fixture against Manchester City next Sunday.
Garde guided Lyon to league finishes of fourth, third and fifth during three seasons from 2011 before leaving in 2014 for “personal and family” reasons.