Who's next at Villa Park?
The other contenders
Bob Bradley Odds: 4-1
The 52-year-old has been increasingly linked with a move to England following an impressive spell in charge of the United States, including an unlikely win over Spain. Nationality could hold sway with Villa chairman Randy Lerner.
Martin Jol 4-1
The former Tottenham manager has impressed at Hamburg and Ajax, and almost joined Fulham last month as Roy Hodgson’s replacement. The big Dutchman led Tottenham to two top five finishes and he has often spoken of a desire to return to England.
Alan Curbishley 11-2
Failure to land another job following his resignation from West Ham in 2008 remains something of a mystery, given his success with the Hammers and in 15 years at Charlton. Spent a single season at Villa Park in 1983-84.
Sven Goran Eriksson 11-2
Former England manager was linked with Fulham after his departure from Ivory Coast and would be keen to return to the Premier League. The 62-year-old Swede did a good job in his single season with Manchester City and would fit the bill of a big-name appointment.
Slaven Bilic 6-1
Croatia manager has won many admirers, particularly during a qualification campaign for Euro 2008 which included two wins over England. Could not repeat that success but remains well thought of after spells with West Ham and Everton.
Kevin MacDonald 8-1
The 49-year-old Scotsman has been named as caretaker manager after success with Villa’s reserve side, leading them to the Youth Cup final last season. Should the former Liverpool midfielder begin well he could been handed the reigns on a more permanent basis.
Dave Jones 9-1
Still awaiting another chance in the top flight after varying degrees of fortune with Southampton and Wolves. The 53-year-old took Cardiff to the FA Cup final in 2008 and just missed out on promotion with the Bluebirds last season, losing to Blackpool in play-off final.
Gareth Southgate 14-1
Spent six years at Villa Park and the former England defender has a good standing in the game. Touted as one of England’s brightest young managers at Middlesbrough, but Premier League relegation led to his eventual sacking.