Aston Villa next manager betting update: Tim Sherwood becomes clear favourite

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Paul Lambert has been sacked as Aston Villa manager - but who do the bookmakers believe will replace him in the Villa Park hot seat?

Aston Villa's dismal season continued on Tuesday night with a 2-0 defeat to Hull City, and manager Paul Lambert has now paid for that with his job.

Villa confirmed that they'd parted company with Lambert, and now will be on the lookout for a replacement for the Scot in the coming days.

The Villains lie in the relegation zone in the Premier League table and need an answer quickly - here are some of the early favourites, according to odds compiled by Oddschecker.

Odds shortening

Former QPR coach Glenn Hoddle hasn't been in management since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, but is being linked with the Villa post. The 57-year-old is now the second favourite with bookmakers, with odds as short as 2/1 on the ex-England and Tottenham boss being appointed as Lambert's replacement.

American owner Randy Lerner will be making the appointment, so it's little surprise to see fellow American Bob Bradley in the running. The former USA manager is currently managing in Norway with Stabaek, but would surely find it hard to turn Villa down - the club his son Michael played for in 2011 - and his odds are narrowing to 20/1.

Odds lengthening

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is one of the brightest up-and-coming English managers right now having taken Burnley up to the Premier League, and was considered a 7/1 shot shortly after Lambert's departure. Now though, Dyche is out to around 25/1 as he looks to keep the Clarets in the top flight.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was also in at 12/1 last night, even though he only took over as Bolton Wanderers boss in October. Despite Emile Heskey suggesting that the former Leicester midfielder would be a great appointment for Villa, the bookmakers have moved him out to the region of 33/1.

The favourite

As has been the case with many jobs in the Premier League, Tim Sherwood is the favourite to take the role. The former Tottenham boss has been out of work since being sacked by Spurs back in May, and is as short as 1/6 to be the next Villa manager.

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