Next Aston Villa manager odds: Mauricio Pochettino the early favourite | Football

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Mauricio Pochettino last worked at PSG (Photo: Getty)

Former Tottenham manager Maurico Pochettino and ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery are the first favorites to replace Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.

Gerrard was sacked on Thursday night just after Villa suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Fulham and away fans chanted for the Liverpool legend to leave.

The Villans have been in abysmal form since the end of last season and currently sit 17th in the table, escaping the relegation zone only on goals scored compared to their local rivals Wolves.

Gerrard has long been the favorite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job and now the search begins for the next manager to fill the dugout at Villa Park.

Villa’s owners have serious ambitions and perhaps that is reflected in who are the front runners for the job, with Pochettino and Emery being the top two names according to Betfair.

Both have plenty of experience managing Europe’s top sides, with Pochettino being known for his spell at Spurs, followed by a brief but not very sweet stint at PSG, and the Argentine being the absolute favourite, having been at the helm since leaving Paris summer is unemployed .


Next permanent Aston Villa Manager odds:

Mauricio Pochettino: 4/7

Unai Emery: 5/1

Michael Beal: 13/2

Thomas Tuchel: 1.10

Thomas Frank: 1.10

Sean Dyche: 12/1

Ralph Hasenhuttl: 20/1

Marcelo Bielsa: 20/1

Kjetil Knudsen: 20/1

John Terry: 20/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair

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Unai Emery is best known in England for his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Emery, meanwhile, has not had his happiest spell in England with either Arsenal or PSG but is widely respected for his performances at Spanish sides Sevilla, where he has won three Europa Leagues in a row, and Villarreal, where he currently manages.

Other names high on the list include QPR manager Michale Beale, who turned down a chance to take over at Wolves on Thursday, as well as former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Brentford’s Thomas Frank.

Ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche is another contender, as is John Terry, who worked as a manager at Villa under Gerrard’s predecessor Dean Smith and is still awaiting his first managerial job.

Villa aren’t the only Premier League side looking for a new manager, however, with Wolves and Bournemouth under interim bosses following the sackings of Bruno Lage and Scott Parker earlier in the season.

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