Five non-favourites who Aston Villa should consider for the managerial role

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Tim Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup, Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klinsmann are currently the most popular names linked to the Aston Villa job, but here are five lesser-touted options for the club to consider.

Bob Bradley

Then-US head coach Bradley declared his interest in the Villa job back in 2010 following Martin’s O’Neill’s sudden exit, but soon ruled himself out of the running after agreeing to a contract extension.

The New Jersey-native achieved various milestones during his time in charge of the stars and stripes, guiding his side to the 2010 World Cup’s last-16 as group winners over England, the 2007 Gold Cup title and the 2009 Confederations Cup final, before being relieved of his duties in July 2011.

Going on to lead Egypt to the brink of 2014 World Cup qualification despite the political unset following the revolution of 2011, he has since been working miracles in Norway with unfancied Stabaek, helping the relegation favourites achieve top-flight survival with a mid-table finish in his first season in charge.

Martin Jol

Jol’s time at Fulham may have ended in disappointment, but it’s easy to forget the commendable job he did at Tottenham Hotspur, with the club achieving consecutive fifth-place finishes during his final two seasons in charge – their highest top-flight placing since 1989 at the time.

More than familiar with the rigours of English football, he’d be a safer bet in a relegation battle with his experience than some of the other names being bandied about for the job.

Cesare Prandelli

Prandelli might seem somewhat of an outlandish name to tout but, considering his now-documented longstanding support for Villa, perhaps he’d be interested in the role?

The former Roma and Fiorentina boss took over at Galatasary in July after resigning from Italy following their disappointing World Cup campaign, but was sacked after just 147 days in charge due to the club’s poor performances in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, having guided the Azzurri to the Euro 2012 final, as well as winning the 2008-09 Serie A Coach of the Year award, he has the credentials to prove a potential success at Villa Park.

Herve Renard

Renard is very much the man of the moment after winning his second African Cup of Nations title with Ivory Coast last week, just three years after guiding underdogs Zambia to the championship.

The Frenchman left his post with the latter in October 2013 to manage struggling FC Sochaux in Ligue 1, but came up just short of keeping the team in the top-flight after losing only one of their final eight games.

Linked to both West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United in the summer, per France Football, the 46-year-old had a previous disappointing spell in England with League two side Cambridge United in 2004, but has come a long way in the following 11 years.

Martin Laursen

An admittedly very left-field choice, but Laursen was in fact linked with a return to Villa in 2012 to fill the vacant managerial role prior to Lambert’s arrival.

The former claret and blue skipper ruled himself out of the running at the time due to his lack of experience, but did admit that it would be a “dream” to take charge sometime in the future.

Since completing his coaching badges after one season at Danish side Sollerod-Vedbaek, his appointment would no doubt be a risk but, with the likes of Sherwood and Garry Monk enjoying recent success despite a lack of top-level experience, it would be foolish to immediately dismiss the idea.

Given his passion for the club and firm fan favourite status, he’d certainly be a popular appointment, and one who could inject some of his fighting spirit into the team over the last few months of the season as they battle to avoid the drop.

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