Aston Villa betting update: Simon Grayson now second favourite for return, Holloway latest

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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, Villa's relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday evening with a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, with caretaker Eric Black merely seeing out the job until the end of the season

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: Preston boss Grayson is a former Villa player who was twice signed by Villa advisor Brian Little during his playing days, making him a frontrunner for the job. The talk of the former Leeds boss heading to Villa Park has been ramped up over the last few days, and he is now 9/4 to take the job, making him second favourite. Having won promotion with every club he has managed - Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston - Grayson could be a smart choice for Villa.

Ian Holloway: A name that hasn't really been mentioned so far, Holloway has been working as a pundit for Sky Sports this season having left Millwall towards the end of last term. His spell at The Den didn't go well, but he did earn promotion to the Premier League with both Blackpool and Crystal Palace. A move from Villa would still be a surprise, but he now has odds of just 12/1 to become Villa boss this summer.

Neil Warnock: Another former Crystal Palace boss, Warnock is currently working wonders with Rotherham United in the Championship. The ex-Sheffield United and Leeds man has seen his Millers side drop just six points in the last nine games, pulling them away from the relegation zone. At 67, Warnock is far from a long-term solution, and at 15/1 he seems to be in the middle of the pack for the job.

David Moyes: Scot Moyes is interested in the Villa job, according to BBC Sport, and has seen his odds cut to around 3/1 now. The former Everton man is keen to rebuild his reputation as a manager having struggled with Manchester United and Real Sociedad, and Villa - even though they're now in the Championship - could be a realistic destination for Moyes this summer as he plots a return to English football.

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: The leading candidate since Garde's departure, Pearson remains the firm favourite for the job at 4/5. Out of work since leaving Leicester City last summer, Pearson has Championship and Premier League experience, and has the no-nonsense style that a struggling Villa side may need.

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