Monday 19 February 2018

Aston Villa managerial contenders

Nigel Pearson won the Sky Bet Championship with Leicester in 2014 before keeping them in the Barclays Premier League a year later
Nigel Pearson won the Sky Bet Championship with Leicester in 2014 before keeping them in the Barclays Premier League a year later

Remi Garde has left Aston Villa after less than five months in charge.

Villa and Garde parted company on Tuesday night with the club rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League standings, 12 points adrift of safety with seven games left to play.

Eric Black will take over as acting manager while Villa hunt for a permanent successor.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the possible contenders to replace the Frenchman:


The former Leicester manager is available and has the experience and pedigree to guide Villa back into the top flight if, as looks likely, they are relegated this season.

The club and team need a shake-up, which the 52-year-old would do, although he would likely want total control over transfers, meaning Villa would have to accommodate him alongside their new football board, headed by ex-Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Pearson won the Sky Bet Championship with Leicester in 2014 before guiding them to Premier League safety in 2015 and most of his old squad have helped the Foxes to the brink of a shock top-flight title success.


It would take a lot to tempt the ex-Manchester United manager to Villa Park now the club are set for the Championship.

But Moyes' unhappy spells at Real Sociedad and Old Trafford mean he may have to set his sights lower and could be within Villa's reach. Villa have spoken to him in the past, although that was when Moyes' and the club's stock was much higher.

The 52-year-old has not managed in the second tier since leaving Preston for Everton in 2002, but is a builder and Villa need rebuilding from the ground up.


Out of work after being sacked by Swansea in December, the 37-year-old kept the Welsh side in the Barclays Premier League during his 18 months in charge.

He was part of the Swans squad to win promotion via the play-offs in 2011 and knows the league having played in it, although he has never managed in the Championship.

His footballing philosophy would be welcome at Villa and Monk has already said he is looking to get back into management and Villa could be an ideal fit.


The ex-England manager needs to rebuild his own managerial career just as much as Villa need to repair their battered reputation.

Dismissed in March after a disappointing nine-month spell in charge of Newcastle and implosion at Derby in 2014-15, McClaren might not be a popular choice, but is available.

He was rejected by Villa in 2011 after supporters voiced their opposition and there could be similar feeling again.


The Hull boss has been linked with Villa already, but, with his Tigers side faltering in the Championship promotion race, he is unlikely to be a popular choice.

A spell as manager of Birmingham would also count against him in the eyes of the Villa fans, who expect the board to get the appointment right.

Bruce knows the Championship and has a proven track record of getting teams promoted and Villa need second-tier know-how.

Press Association

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