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Aston Villa's next manager odds: Stunning movement for Rui Faria, Rodgers latest

Head Coach Brendan Rodgers of Celtic Glasgow during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic Glasgow at Red Bull Arena on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Aston Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce on Wednesday.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho with assistant Rui Faria during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on April 9, 2017 in Sunderland,...

Aston Villa are looking for a new manager after they decided to sack boss Steve Bruce on Wednesday following a run of just one win in nine games.

Villa drew 3-3 at home to Preston North End on Tuesday night having led 2-0, and that proved to be Bruce's final game in charge as he was sacked less than 24 hours later.

The search is now on for a replacement, and an appointment is expected over the international break, with a host of names already being touted for the job.

 

With that in mind, bookmakers are already pricing up potential replacements, and here are some of the key names in the frame this evening, as compiled by Oddschecker.

David Moyes remains the favourite for the job having sneaked into that position last night, and whilst he was even odds-on with some bookmakers earlier today, he is at around 5/4 tonight. The Scot has been out of work since leaving West Ham United last summer, but may be considered a little too defensive for Villa fans after just seeing Bruce leave.

The shock name to emerge is that of Rui Faria, as the main who aided Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United has shot into being second favourite tonight, with odds as short as 2/1. The 43-year-old left United over the summer and is represented by agent Jorge Mendes, who has ties to Villa's new regime, meaning he may be a surprise but realistic candidate.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho with assistant Rui Faria during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on April 9, 2017 in Sunderland,...

Another hot name this morning was Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, who has appeared a little frustrated at Parkhead since the end of last season, with some believing Villa could lure him back to England. However, he has drifted out a little bit in the past few hours, and is now at around 10/1 and 14/1.

Thierry Henry and Paulo Sousa remain hot names in the frame too, at 5/2 and 7/1 respectively, but Dean Smith and John Terry have really moved out today as their odds have significantly lengthened.

Head Coach Brendan Rodgers of Celtic Glasgow during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic Glasgow at Red Bull Arena on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

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