Report: Aston Villa's managerial shortlist includes surprise name; West Brom's Tony Pulis

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Aston Villa are reportedly keen to land West Brom manager Tony Pulis.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are interested in appointing Tony Pulis as their new manager this summer, and have placed the West Brom boss on their shortlist.

Villa are allegedly set to sack manager Remi Garde this week, despite only appointing the Frenchman as Tim Sherwood's appointment back in October.

Currently bottom of the Premier League table with just three wins to their name, Villa sit 12 points adrift of safety, and relegation to the Championship is drawing closer and closer by the week.

Ultimately, Villa need a manager with some Championship experience to help the club navigate a way out of the second tier, with the Daily Mail reporting that Nigel Pearson and Hull's Steve Bruce are both in the mix for the job once Garde leaves.

However, the report also claims that Villa have an interest in West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis, who many expect to leave The Hawthorns at the end of the season.

The Welshman, 58, hasn't managed in the second tier since winning promotion with Stoke City in 2008, but he has a track record of building solid, well-drilled and hard to beat sides, three things that certainly wouldn't be used to describe Aston Villa this season.

A move from West Brom to Villa would be ideal for Pulis geographically speaking, but trying to arrest Villa's recent malaise may be one of the toughest jobs around this summer, and whether he would commit to such a huge project remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, West Brom fans appear to want a new direction this summer, with a more expansive brand of football wanted at The Hawthorns after stern criticism of Pulis this season, with the former Crystal Palace boss likely to be available this summer - hence Villa's interest.

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