Aston Villa are searching for a new manager after sacking Steve Bruce.
According to Sky Sports, Paraguay boss Juan Carlos Osorio would ‘love’ to manage Aston Villa – and Mick McCarthy is also seeking talks about the job.
After weeks of speculation and fan unrest, Villa took the decision to sack manager Steve Bruce on Wednesday, bringing an end to his two-year reign.
Having claimed just one win in nine games and thrown away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home with Preston North End on Tuesday night, Bruce’s departure was inevitable – and new owners Wes Edens and Nassed Sawiris pulled the trigger, meaning they must now find a new manager.
It doesn’t seem that they’ll be short of interested managers, as Sky Sports report that two managers with World Cup experience are keen on the job.
The first is Juan Carlos Osorio, who managed Mexico at this summer’s World Cup in Russia before leaving his post and taking over as Paraguay boss just last month.
The Colombian, 57, masterminded a stunning win over Germany at the World Cup, but couldn’t get Mexico past their usual exit point of the round of 16, leading to his departure.
Now thought to be really interested in talking to Villa about replacing Bruce, Osorio could be a surprise contender for the job, even if he’d have to leave Paraguay after just a month in charge.
The report also adds that Mick McCarthy – who took charge of Ireland at the 2002 World Cup – is also interested in having talks about the job having left Ipswich Town this past summer.
McCarthy’s dour brand of football has earned him criticism over the years, and Villa fans may feel he is too similar to Bruce, but with a strong record at Wolves and stabilising Ipswich on his CV, he seemingly fancies himself for the Villa Park hot seat.