Aston Villa betting update: Roberto Martinez odds, Neil Warnock becomes a frontrunner

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 last weekend 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, and that has seen him come right into contention for the job. He has through drifted out to around 5/1, but he remains the second favourite for Villa, having impressed with North End this season.

Neil Warnock: The 67-year-old has performed miracles at Rotherham, guiding the Millers away from the Championship relegation zone. The former Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United boss wouldn't be a long-term solution for Villa given his age, but he's a proven Championship manager who could at least steady the ship at Villa - and he's now just 7/1 for the job.

Roberto Martinez: Spaniard Martinez is under huge pressure having struggled with Everton this season, and many even expect him to leave Goodison Park this summer. Martinez is now 20/1 for the Villa job, and whilst that still makes him an outsider, it's an interesting idea at least.

Paul Hartley: A quite strange link which has emerged in the last 24 hours, Dundee boss Hartley is suddenly down to 33/1 for the job having previously been nowhere to be seen. The Scot has won over a third of his games with Dundee, but looks to be a rank outsider for the Villa job.

The favourite - Nigel Pearson: Still the favourite, former Leicester boss Pearson held talks with Villa last week according to The Mirror. A veteran, strong-willed manager,  Pearson has not only won promotion from the Championship with Leicester, but also kept them in the Premier League - and at 4/6, he is the clear favourite.

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