Aston Villa betting update: Steve Holland and Robbie Neilson emerge, Garry Monk unlikely

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

There hasn't been much movement in the Villa market today, but two shock names have emerged as dark horses for the job.

The first is Hearts manager Robbie Neilson. The 35-year-old guided Hearts to the Scottish Championship title last season, and has enjoyed a fine start to life in the top flight of Scottish football. Neilson is a promising manager but would certainly be a gamble for Villa - though that hasn't stopped bookmakers from considering him as a candidate, with odds of 20/1 now.

The second is Steve Holland. The 45-year-old has only managed Crewe Alexandra, but is best known for assistant Jose Mourinho and Gareth Southgate for Chelsea and the England Under-21's respectively. Again, Holland would be a major gamble for Villa, and he is also a 20/1 shot for Villa boss.

Odds drifting

It was always unlikely, but Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett is out to around 33/1 today. Crossing Birmingham to manage Villa would be a stunning move from Rowett, and whilst he is considered to be one of the most promising young managers in English football having worked wonders at Birmingham, a move to Villa Park seems virtually impossible.

Additionally, Swansea City manager Garry Monk is also drifting out today, as far as 40/1. The 36-year-old has been outstanding as Swans boss, and it would be a shock to see him trade the ambition of the Liberty Stadium for the struggles of Villa Park - and bookmakers seemingly agree.

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. 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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