Aston Villa hoping to quickly appoint Remi Garde after sacking Sherwood on Sunday
Aston Villa won at Bournemouth on the opening day of the season although the Midlands side have collected just a point from their next nine games, so it was a hardly a surprise when Tim Sherwood was given his marching orders.
The Villans prop up the Premier League table and owner Randy Lerner is now looking to find a replacement who can quickly change the team’s fortunes and ensure that they aren’t one of the teams suffering relegation this term.
It appears that Remi Garde is the number one target, with the former Lyon manager a best price 1/3 (betway) at the time of writing, although it remains to be seen whether the former Arsenal player really wants the challenge of getting Villa out of the drop zone.
If the Frenchman decides against it, then perhaps Brendan Rodgers or Nigel Pearson could be in the running, with the latter seemingly close to the Sunderland job before Sam Allardyce was appointed.
Pearson is as big as 14/1 with bet365 to replace Sherwood, with Rodgers an 8/1 chance (William Hill) to make a quick return to football management, although the northern Irishman might not want to go into a relegation scrap after previous roles with Swansea and Liverpool.
Sky Bet offer 1/2 that Villa suffer relegation this season, with Christian Benteke’s departure leaving a big hole in attack which hasn’t really been replaced, with the team’s only point coming at home to Sunderland since that win at Bournemouth.