The respective moods of the two managers could not have been more contrasting at full-time.
Sheer relief was etched on the face of the Sunderland boss after the crucial 3-1 win over Aston Villa, with ‘Big Sam Allardyce’ ringing around the stadium.
I would have preferred that Mr Allardyce came to me before the game and say, “Hello”.Remi Garde, Aston Villa boss
For upset Remi Garde and his downtrodden Villa players, the stark realisation that they won’t be getting out of trouble this season despite their attempts at remaining positive.
With just eight points from their opening 20 Premier League matches, Villa are 11 points adrift and running out of time fast.
They won’t bridge that gap.
And their fans let the players have both barrels after an almost comical second-half defensive display.
Sunderland, for once, were clinical, with Jermain Defoe the main architect of their downfall.
Garde was not enjoying his first trip to the Stadium of Light as an opposition manager and refused to speak to the written press afterwards.
A fine from the Premier League will no doubt be winging its way to Villa Park this week.
Earlier, Garde had snubbed Allardyce’s offer of a handshake at the end of the match.
The reason being Big Sam had allegedly failed to welcome him in the traditional manner before the game.
It was the second manager in the space of four days Allardyce had fallen out with following his disagreement with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Allardyce won’t care a jot though. His focus is purely on survival with Sunderland.
Garde did speak to broadcast media after the game, but did not attend the post-match press conference as travelling fans gathered outside the stadium, singing “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as the players boarded the team coach.
During a post-match TV interview Garde explained the falling out with Allardyce.
He said: “I would have preferred that Mr Allardyce came to me before the game and say, “Hello”.
“I found it quite easy [for him] to come after the game and say, “Well done”.
“It’s just a sign of [being] welcome but I don’t want to do too much [about it]. I was upset probably by the result, but that’s it.”
Garde described the defeat as a “big disappointment” - with his Villa side falling way short of the six-point target he set for the festive period.
The former Arsenal midfielder told radio reporters: “We had a target. We didn’t achieve it, but there is still light in front of us. “There are games to play.
“We only have one direction to be fair, and that is to work more and to fight to try to win games. You never know in football.
“I feel that the players deserve better than we have currently.
“We didn’t play a bad game, but in our situation, this is not the most important thing - that’s the result.
“It’s like in every game - we’re missing quality sometimes.”
Allardyce, who hails from Dudley in the West Midlands, has some sympathy with Villa’s demise.
But he is adamant his focus is on masterminding Sunderland’s survival.
Allardyce said: “Aston Villa are where they are, they are a fantastic club and I am a Midlands lad.
“They are a super club with a fantastic history.
“It is a shame to see that club in the position it is.
“But it is Sunderland I have to improve.”