Aston Villa betting update: Warburton linked again, McCoist odds cut, clear favourite remains

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: The talk of Preston boss Grayson heading to Villa really ramped up on Tuesday, and it hasn't slowed down today. Now 5/2 for the job, Grayson is second favourite and money keeps coming in for him to make a return to Villa Park. A former Villa defender, Grayson is an experienced head in the Championship and has won promotion with every club he has managed.

Mark Warburton: Currently the king of Glasgow having not only led Rangers to the Scottish Championship title, but also guided them to a Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic on Sunday. The former Brentford boss will always be linked with a move back to England, but now does't seem like the right time. He has though been cut to 28/1 for the job, making him an outsider at best. 

Ally McCoist: Another man with huge connections to Rangers, McCoist left his position as manager at Ibrox back in December 2014. He may well fancy a return to management soon, and he is now as short as 18/1 for the job. That still puts him in the middle of the pack though, and it would be a huge surprise if Villa moved to appoint the Scot this summer.

Dougie Freedman: Sacked by Nottingham Forest in March, Freedman has been a manager in the Championship with Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers and Forest, giving him some of the experience Villa are looking for. Now 19/1 for the Villa dugout, Freedman could be a dark horse if Villa fail to land their top targets

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: Still the clear favourite for the job, Pearson remains odds-on to become Villa manager this summer after almost a year out of work. The former Leicester boss brings Championship and Premier League experience, making him potentially perfect for the job.

Who would you like to see become Villa boss?

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