BetVictor have opened the next Aston Villa manager market with David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers early joint-favourites to take over from Tim Sherwood.
While Tim Sherwood made an immediate impact at Aston Villa, steering the West Midlands outfit away from Premier League relegation and to the FA Cup final last season, his team have struggled this term.
Villa occupy a spot in the bottom three ahead of a trip to reigning champions Chelsea, and that has piled pressure on Sherwood. BetVictor have opened up a market on his successor, so who are the early candidates to take over?
Current Real Sociedad and former Manchester United and Everton boss Moyes is the 3/1 joint-favourite to make a return to Premier League management at Villa Park. His excellent work on a budget at Goodison Park saw the Toffees finish regularly in the top half. While things didn’t work out at the Red Devils, Moyes is far from finished.
Also 3/1 joint-favourite, recently axed Liverpool boss Rodgers could make a swift coaching return in the West Midlands. Although expensive transfer mistakes were made during his days at Anfield, the Northern Irish coach plays an expansive style of football which would really suit Villa’s prized asset Jack Grealish.
Across the Midlands over two spells at Leicester City, Pearson took the Foxes on a real journey from the lower leagues to the top flight. That will not have escaped anyone’s notice in the region, so he surely won’t be out of work for long. Pearson is a 5/1 chance to replace Sherwood, and much less likely than Moyes and Rodgers to turn his nose up at this opportunity.
Burnley boss Dyche has been widely praised for the job he’s done at Turf Moor. While Villa fans might not take to a manager that saw his side relegated last term, the Clarets were odds-on to go down and he would have more resources in the West Midlands. Dyche is an 8/1 to succeed Sherwood.
Danish playing great Laudrup steered Swansea City to the Capital One Cup during his time at the Liberty, but is now out of work after a stint in the Middle East. Like Rodgers, who also managed the Swans, they played with real panache when Laudrup was in charge, but he’s a 16/1 shot to be next Villa boss.
BETTING TIP: Nigel Pearson is next Aston Villa manager @ 5/1 with BetVictor.
All odds were correct at time of posting.