Aston Villa betting update: Pearson remains favourite, Dyche odds drifting, Rodgers update

Aston Villa are searching for a new manager following the departure of Remi Garde.

Aston Villa announced last week 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 15 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...

Brendan Rodgers: The former Liverpool boss has been out of work since leaving Anfield in October, and many expect him to return to management in the summer. Always an outsider for the Villa job, Rodgers is now considered to be a 33/1 shot, making him a major long shot now.

Simon Grayson: Grayson is currently impressing in his role as Preston North End boss, given that the Lilywhites are sitting in tenth place in the Championship table. A former Villa defender who has won promotion with every club he has managed, Grayson has been favoured for the job by some Villa fans, but is now as far out as 33/1, making it somewhat unlikely to see him head to Villa Park.

Sean Dyche: Another manager whose odds are drifting out is Sean Dyche. The Burnley boss is on course to win promotion back to the Premier League with the Clarets, and leaving Turf Moor for the Championship would be a step back right now. Currently around 25/1, Dyche's odds have really moved out in the last few days, as he was one of the main favourites last week.

Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town boss McCarthy, 57, is a veteran Championship boss who has won the division twice with Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers. McCarthy has Ipswich just five points off a play-off place this season, and his exploits have seen his name mentioned for the Villa job. Now as short as 6/1, McCarthy is well in contention right now.

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: The reason most managers are seeing their odds drift is because Nigel Pearson continues to be the clear favourite for the job. The former Leicester boss is now at around 13/8 for the job, with bookmakers seemingly convinced that he will be Villa's next manager, as reflected in everybody else's odds.

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