Aston Villa betting update: Grayson latest, Gary Neville's odds slashed, Gary Rowett touted

Gary Neville

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

Aston Villa announced last month 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 under him 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 today's biggest movers...

Simon Grayson: The Preston boss has suddenly become one of the frontrunners for the job, having taken North End to the Championship, and now has them in the top half of the Championship table. A former Villa defender who was twice signed by Villa executive Brian Little, Grayson is now down to 8/1 almost everywhere to become the new Villa manager this summer.

Gary Neville: The former Sky Ports pundit had a first venture into management with Valencia, but lost his job with the Spanish side after less than four months in the job. A return to punditry seems likely, but bookmakers have suddenly slashed his odds of becoming the new Villa boss. Now as short as 16/1, Neville could be a dark horse for the job, despite his lack of experience.

Gary Rowett: This one would be fascinating. Rowett is currently in charge of Villa's fierce rivals Birmingham City, and making the switch to Villa Park would be controversial to say the very least. Down to 25/1 from mid 30's, it's only minor movement on Rowett, but his name is suddenly in the conversation in what would be a stunning move.

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: Still though, two weeks on from Garde's departure and Pearson remains the favourite. The former Leicester City boss has been out of work for almost a year now, but is the clear 11/8 favourite to take over at Villa. A manager who has experience of promotion from the Championship as well as achieving survival in the Premier League, Pearson has the credentials that Villa need.

Who do you want to see become Villa manager?

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