Aston Villa betting update: Roberto Di Matteo now odds-on favourite, Pearson drifting

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

Aston Villa announced back in March 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 month, and they are now preparing for life in the second tier after a dismal campaign.

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...

Karl Robinson: MK Dons boss Robinson has long been regarded as one of the top young managers in England, but he needs to bounce back having suffered relegation from the Championship this season. At 35, Robinson is still learning but does promote an attractive brand of football, and played a huge part in the development of Spurs star Dele Alli. Now 18/1 for the Villa job, Robinson remains an outsider but his odds have been cut today.

Nigel Pearson: Long seen as the favourite for the job, former Leicester City boss Pearson is looking to get back into management after almost a year out of football. Intriguingly, Pearson has today moved out to as far as 3/1 for the Villa job, as what once seemed like a guarantee now looks to be in doubt, with Pearson no longer the favourite for the job at Villa Park.

David Moyes: Another manager mentioned since Garde's departure, Scottish boss Moyes has been out of work since leaving Real Sociedad back in November. Also linked with the Celtic job, Moyes has been cut back down to 10/1 to become the next Villa manager, though if he receives offers from the Premier League, Villa may be ruled out of contention.

Simon Grayson: Former Villa player Grayson has worked wonders with Preston, achieving a top half finish in their first season back in the Championship. Given his links to Villa, he would no doubt be a popular choice amongst fans, and having won promotion with each side he has managed (Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston), he could be a smart choice from Villa. Now around 14/1, Grayson remains a dark horse for the job.

The favourite - Roberto Di Matteo: Today's big news is that Italian boss Roberto Di Matteo has suddenly become the odds-on favourite for the job. The 45-year-old, who managed Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, has also had spells with MK Dons, West Brom and Schalke, but is currently out of work. At 2/5 for the job, Di Matteo appears to be closing in on the job after a bizarre flurry of bets led him above Pearson in the race for the Villa job.

Would you like to see Villa appoint Di Matteo?

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