Three managers who could succeed at Aston Villa against the odds

It's an uphill battle at Aston Villa. Could some of the outside shots to replace Tim Sherwood do the job?

Nigel Pearson - 10/1 (Sky Bet)

It would be a bold appointment, especially when you consider the fact the former Leicester City boss might not get on with the Villa board. But there are two reasons Nigel Pearson *may* just work out.

His toughness and forthright attitude are something that should get Aston Villa going. It's what he did with the Foxes last season and there's no reason this old PE teacher can't instill some discipline in the Midlands again.

Unlike Tim Sherwood, however, Pearson proved he can get a team playing football - with actual tactics - beyond simply a short-term kick-start.

Sean Dyche - 20/1 (Sky Bet)

The Ginger Mourinho has a great reputation as an upcoming manager and has consistently done well at Burnley. Yes, the Clarets were relegated last season but Aston Villa should have more about their squad than Sean Dyche's current side, especially in terms of a goal threat.

Success wouldn't be guaranteed. After all, Paul Lambert did well at Norwich. But Dyche's skilful man management and down-to-earth attitude would certainly give him more of a chance than most at Villa Park.

Chris Hughton - 20/1 (Sky Bet)

Perhaps the best of the outside-chance candidates simply due to the momentum he has developed with Brighton. The downside is the fact Chris Hughton couldn't seem to hack it in the Premier League with Newcastle and Norwich.

But Hughton did achieve a high finish during his first top-flight season with the Canaries and, as stated, his current managerial form is superb - Brighton are top of the Championship and unbeaten all season.

Even then, though, all three of the above have a definite risk factor about them. Aston Villa fans may be better off hoping outright favourite Remi Garde is the right man for the job...

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