Paul Merson tips Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy to take over from Remi Garde at Aston Villa

The Frenchman is all set to be moved on from Villa Park.

Aston Villa look like they are dropping down to the Championship for next season after a poor campaign which currently has them at the foot of the Premier League table and cut well adrift of survival.

The club started the season with Tim Sherwood as manager but he was replaced by Remi Garde earlier in the campaign.

The Frenchman has failed to get results at Villa and it now looks like he will also be on his way out of the club.

One former Villa player who thinks that is the right decision is Paul Merson. He believes the club need a manager who knows the Championship well and when speaking to Sky Sports earlier today (24/04/2016) he suggested two names who might be perfect for the role:

“They have got to consolidate next year. That may sound horrible to the fans, but they have got to make sure they stay where they are next year. Maybe try and nick the play-offs.

“I think you either get Nigel Pearson or you go and get Mick McCarthy.

“Mick McCarthy is as good as anybody in that league. He will get that club settled, get the right players in.

“Because at the moment I don’t think that team gets in the top half of the Championship.”

Former Leicester boss Pearson’s name has been mentioned on numerous occasions already but McCarthy is something of an outside bet.

The former Republic of Ireland and Wolves boss has worked wonders at Portman Road although his position with the Tractor Boys has been questioned in recent weeks.

He has plenty of Championship experience and might just be the perfect man to steady the ship at Aston Villa.

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