Eric Black has taken charge of the club's last three games following Remi Garde's departure last month.
With Aston Villa’s relegation officially confirmed on Saturday afternoon, attention now turns to the search for a new manger to guide them out of the Championship at the first time of asking.
According to the Mirror, the club’s new look board has written up a list of possible candidates for the job and is eager to begin the interview process as soon as possible.
They reportedly want to make an appointment before the end of the season, but that may be easier said than done due to one significant stumbling block.
Owner Randy Lerner is allegedly yet to sanction next term’s budget, leaving them entirely in the dark over how much they can promise any would-be boss will have to spend in the summer transfer market.
Needless to say, any meeting would consequently be pointless at this stage, but Nigel Pearson is reportedly on the list of potential interviewees for when the full details are known.
Widely regarded as the front-runner for the job, the ex-Leicester City boss is said to have the support of incoming Villa advisor Adrian Bevington, who worked with the former defender during his time as Middlesbrough’s press officer in the 1990s, while Bevington’s former FA colleague David Bernstein is also believed to be a fan.
The Mirror’s report also cites Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Ipswich Town’s Mick McCarthy and Preston North End’s Simon Grayson as other names in the discussion, with the board keen to appoint someone with proven experience at the Championship level.