Report discloses Villa's two key criteria for Garde's replacement, leading candidates emerge

Aston Villa have reportedly started their search for a new manager.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa want a new manager who is both British and has won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table with just 16 points to their name, meaning they currently sit 12 points adrift  of safety after a torrid season.

With just two wins to his name, French manager Remi Garde is expected to leave Villa Park this summer at the very latest, meaning fans have already turned their attention to who could replace Garde, who was only appointed back in November.

Now, The Telegraph report that Villa and their new football board, including David Bernstein and Villa legend Brian Little, have started the search for a new manager, with two key criteria revealed.

It's stated that Villa want a British manager to guide them in the Championship, and a manager with history of winning promotion from the second tier to the Premier League is also wanted.

The report therefore claims that Nigel Pearson, who took Leicester City to the Premier League back in 2014, is a prime candidate, whilst Burnley boss Sean Dyche - who won promotion from the Championship with Burnley as runners up to Leicester in 2014 - is also an option.

David Moyes may still be under consideration despite no Championship promotions to his name, though he did win the third tier with Preston North End back in 2000, meaning Villa could still pursue the Scot this summer.

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