Report: Aston Villa to shortlist managerial candidates this week, four targets named

Aston Villa will ramp up their search for a new manager this week, according to reports.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Aston Villa will begin shortlisting candidates for their vacant manager's job this week - and they already have four prime targets.

Villa slumped ever closer to relegation on Saturday, as Bournemouth beat them 2-1 at Villa Park, with Norwich's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace saving Villa from the drop.

Confirmed relegation is coming though, and after the departure of manager Remi Garde last month, Villa will soon be starting their search for a new boss who can take them out of the Championship and back into the Premier League.

Now, The Telegraph report that Villa will begin shortlisting candidates for the job this week, and four names are expected to feature prominently on their list.

The report claims that out of work managers Nigel Pearson and David Moyes are prime targets for Villa, with Pearson providing a Championship promotion with Leicester City on his CV, whilst Scottish boss Moyes is looking to rebuild his reputation after poor spells with Manchester United and Real Sociedad.

Villa could also target two managers currently working in the Championship, as The Telegraph suggest that Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Hull City's Steve Bruce - two managers looking to win promotion to the Premier League this season - are under consideration at Villa Park.

Other managers are bound to be added to the list this week, but Villa appear to have a clear idea about who they would like to take the job - an experienced British manager with Football League experience.

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