Aston Villa betting update: Garde odds-on favourite, Rangers boss linked, Rodgers latest

Tim Sherwood has lost his job as Aston Villa manager - who could replace him?

Aston Villa have confirmed on their official website that they have parted company with manager Tim Sherwood following a 2-0 defeat to Swansea City.

Sherwood may have taken Villa to the FA Cup final and kept them in the Premier League at the end of last season, but this season has been much more of a struggle.

After losing Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, Sherwood has won just one league game this season, and whilst much of that is down to the poor summer signings, it is Sherwood who has paid the price by being sacked just eight months in to the job.

Bookmakers are pricing up odds for who could replace Sherwood - here are some of the notable names involved this evening, with odds compiled by Oddschecker.

Odds shortening

Whilst there is already a clear favourite, some managers are still seeing their odds shorten. One of those is Gus Poyet, who actually played alongside Sherwood at Tottenham. The Uruguayan, who was sacked by Sunderland after being hammered by Sherwood's Villa last season, could look to make his comeback to management now, and bookmakers have him as short as 4/1 to become the new Villa boss.

Another manager whose odds are being cut is Rangers boss Mark Warburton. The former Brentford manager has made a huge impact at Ibrox since joining over the summer, with 11 wins from 11 games in the Scottish Championship. A move back to England at this stage of the season would be a surprise, but bookmakers have him priced up as short as 24/1 today.

Odds drifting

Many fans want to see Brendan Rodgers replace Sherwood following his departure from Liverpool earlier this month, but bookmakers don't see that happening. The 42-year-old would be a strong appointment for Villa having almost won the Premier League title in 2014, but having drifted out to 12/1, it doesn't look like he will end up being Sherwood's replacement.

One more manager whose odds are drifting out today is Sean Dyche. The Burnley boss is considered to be one of the brightest English managers around, and his fine work with the Clarets has seen his stock rise. Yet with Dyche looking to take Burnley back to the Premier League, a move to a relegation-threatened team looks unlikely, with odds now at around 25/1.

The favourite

The clear favourite ever since Villa announced Sherwood's departure has been Remi Garde. The Frenchman, who played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, has been out of management since leaving Lyon in 2014, and could look to make his return now. The 49-year-old will be familiar with Villa's French contingent, and bookmakers have him as the odds-on favourite right now.

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