What next for Aston Villa ?

Paul Merson

Aston Villa were already all but relegated from the Premier League, and were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea on Saturday.

The manager-less club are now going through the motions, and the season's end can't come quickly enough for many fans.

In the meantime, Paul Merson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday that Aston Villa is still a massive job for whoever becomes the club's next manager - a man who will be tasked with getting Villa promoted from the Championship at the first attempt.

Aston Villa have won just three games all season under managers Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde, both of who lost their jobs as a result. The Frenchman was sacked this week. But Merson insists that they are still a massive club for the next manager who comes in.

“It’s a massive club, they’ve got to get it right. You’ve got to get someone in who’s proven in that league,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“If they win their first five games of the season, there’ll be 40,000 there for the sixth game. That’s how big it is. It’s a massive job.”

Villa need to get their next managerial appointment right, and one of the leading candidates is currently Nigel Pearson, who has experienced promotion from the Championship with Leicester City. David Moyles, Chris Coleman and Mick McCarthy are also names thought to be in the frame.

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