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.
After big movement yesterday, Nigel Pearson continues to see his odds cut. The former Leicester City boss has been out of work since leaving the King Power Stadium over the summer, and having been 4/1 yesterday, Pearson has now gone to 3/1, making him the third favourite for the Aston Villa job. Keeping Leicester in the Premier League last season may lend itself to rescuing Villa, making him a sensible candidate.
The biggest mover today has been Christophe Galtier. The former Portsmouth assistant manager has impressed with Saint-Etienne, and he will no doubt be familiar with Villa's strong French contingent. Now at 4/1, the Frenchman appears to be one of the leading candidates for the Villa job, with a Premier League return potentially appealing to the 49-year-old manager.
Always considered to be an outsider for the Villa job, Gus Poyet has seen his odds move out to as far as 14/1 today. The Uruguayan, who played alongside Sherwood at Tottenham, has been out of management since March, but seemingly won't be making the move to Villa Park. Bookmakers have been responding to reports from The Chronicle, which suggest that Poyet is set to take the job with AEK Athens.
Yesterday, another of Sherwood's former Spurs team-mates Justin Edinburgh became a shock candidate. The Gillingham boss has enjoyed a superb start to the League One season, and had come down to 12/1 to be the next Villa manager - but today, Edinburgh is out to 25/1, suggesting that he is indeed an outside candidate after all.
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. Despite reports from The Mirror that there has been a hold-up in a move for the 49-year-old, bookmakers still have Garde as the odds-on favourite for the job.
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