Aston Villa betting update: Eric Black latest, Chris Hughton in contention

Chris Hughton

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

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 biggest movers in the last 24 hours...

Eric Black: Villa's interim boss until the end of the season assisted Garde, and took charge of the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, Black hasn't managed a club since 2004 when he left Coventry City. Looks highly unlikely to win the job, and at 18/1 with bookmakers, they seem to agree.

David Moyes: Much of the buzz surrounding Moyes' possible move to Villa Park has slowed down in recent days. The former Manchester United and Everton boss could return to English football this summer, and a club the size of Villa - even if they're in the Championship - could be tempting. At 7/2, Moyes remains second favourite, but the talk is certainly quietening down.

Ryan Giggs: A man whose name has barely been mentioned in the reckoning for the Villa job, Giggs could look to leave his role as Manchester United's assistant manager if he doesn't replace Louis van Gaal this summer. The Welshman may want to test himself on his own, and he's as short as 20/1 for the Villa job - a possible dark horse?

Chris Hughton: This one is particularly intriguing. The former Birmingham boss - which won't make him popular with Villa fans - won the Championship title with Newcastle in 2010, and has Brighton and Hove Albion pushing for promotion to the Premier League this term. An impressive Championship boss, Hughton is now 17/2 for the Villa job, with those slashed odds putting him amongst the frontrunners.

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: Still, the favourite is former Leicester City boss Pearson, who has been out of work since leaving the Foxes last summer. A veteran manager who won the Championship in 2014, Pearson appears to have all the right credentials for the job, and is the 11/10 favourite with bookmakers.

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