Charlie Nicholas: Aston Villa should appoint Hoddle as Lambert replacement

Glenn Hoddle

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Aston Villa should be targeting former England manager Glenn Hoddle.

After a dismal season to date, Aston Villa have finally parted company with manager Paul Lambert.

The Scot, 45,has been without a win for ten games, with Tuesday night's 2-0 win away at Hull City seemingly proving to be the final straw for Villa owner Randy Lerner.

With just 12 goals scored in 25 games this season, Villa are by far the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League, and the dour brand of football under Lambert was regularly used as one of the sticks to beat him with.

Now he's gone, Villa must look to bring in a replacement, with just 13 games left to play this season - and with Villa lying in the relegation zone, they must turn things around quickly.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas spoke on the subject, and believes that Villa should be looking to appoint former Tottenham and England manager Glenn Hoddle.

"The current owner has to identify that something new has to start and get this club rebuilt again because if it was me, I’d be going after Glenn Hoddle," said the former Celtic striker. "But if I’m Glenn Hoddle, I’d think I was crazy (to go to Villa)."

Hoddle, 57, hasn't been a manager since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 2006, and recently left Queens Park Rangers after Harry Redknapp's resignation.

Hoddle isn't considered to be one of the front runners, but has plenty of experience - which Villa may well need in their pursuit of Premier League survival.

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