Aston Villa betting update: Simon Grayson linked, McClaren touted, three clear favourites

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Remi Garde has lost his job as Aston Villa manager - who could replace him?

Aston Villa announced on Tuesday evening that manager Remi Garde has left the club by mutual consent, less than five months into the job.

Garde only arrived as Villa manager back in November following the departure of Tim Sherwood, and was brought in with a view to saving the club from relegation.

However, just two Premier League wins mean that Villa remain bottom of the table and now 12 points adrift of safety, with relegation to the Championship inevitable now.

Garde's departure means that bookmakers are looking at who could replace the Frenchman at Villa Park - and with odds compiled by Oddschecker, here are some of the main candidates so far...

David Moyes

The former Everton and Manchester United boss left Real Sociedad in November, and may fancy a return to English football having struggled in Spain. The Scot had great success in the second tier with Preston North End in the early 2000's, and currently sits as the 13/8 favourite to join Villa with the bookmakers.

Nigel Pearson

Out of work since leaving Leicester City last summer, Pearson not only has a Championship promotion on his CV from the last two years, but also a survival from Premier League relegation with Leicester City. An experienced manager who won't stand for a lack of effort - something Villa have been accused of this season - Pearson is another major candidate at 7/4 right now.

Mick McCarthy

Currently managing Ipswich Town in the Championship, McCarthy is a veteran manager with major Championship experience following spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and now Ipswich. A play-off run last season ended in the semi-finals, and the Tractor Boys are again pushing for the top six under McCarthy, and he's a surprise early favourite for the Villa job, with odds as short as 4/1.

Steve McClaren

McClaren has only been out of work for a matter of weeks having been sacked by Newcastle United earlier this month, but he's already being touted for a return with Villa. Perceived as a good coach but unconvincing manager, McClaren is a little further back in the odds but is still as short as 6/1 for the Villa job, something fans may not be quite so keen on.

Simon Grayson

The former Villa defender is currently managing Preston North End in the Championship, and despite only winning promotion last season, Grayson has impressed at Deepdale, taking the club into the top half this season. Grayson has won promotion with all four clubs he has managed - Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston - and knows all about Villa from his playing days. At 10/1, Grayson is a dark horse for the job, and could be popular amongst Villa fans.

Who would you like to see become Villa manager?

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