As the rumours intensify that Remi Garde will be relieved of his duties before the season ends at Villa Park, so do the names entering the frame as his replacement:
A shock inclusion to some, but this isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Tony is prone to chopping and changing football clubs in recent seasons and despite steadying Albion, is a much derided figure at The Hawthorns. As uncomfortable a thought as Pulis would be at the helm at Villa, his no nonsense approach is both well documented, effective, if hardly easy on the eye. (Rumour: 90mins)
Dyche has been mentioned previously regarding the Villa job both after Lambert & Sherwood. Dyche was unfortunate to see Burnley relegated last season, but appears to be steering them back to a return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Whilst perhaps not he high profile appointment that some quarters would demand, Dyche ticks the boxes in terms of attributes around building a foundation to a budget. The question would be whether he felt he had taken The Clarets as far as he could and wanted a fresh challenge at Villa Park. (Rumour: The Sun)
The 44 year old Albanian is currently the head coach at Anderlecht and is the first coach to be linked, similarly to Garde previously, who no-one expected. Hasi’s main attributes appear to be a skill at bringing through youth players whilst coping when they are inevitably sold on. This would be a huge risk for Villa, but his CV to date matches the potential climate that the club now finds itself operating within. (Rumour: Daily Mail)
Southgate forged an England career and decent reputation at Villa before an acrimonious transfer to Middlesbrough citing our “lack of ambition”. Some things never change. Gareth has been quietly cultivating his coaching credentials since retirement & is currently in charge of the England U21 set up. Whilst the temptation to Villa could be a lure, it would represent a risk for both parties as uncharted territory lies ahead. (Rumour: Birmingham Mail)
Perhaps one of the least fashionable rumours is that of Simon Grayson. A man who played for Villa in the 90′s after transferring from Leicester, he has since had a robust managerial career. Indeed, Grayson has been promoted at every club he has managed. Would the step up to Villa be too much, the expectations, the personalities in the dressing room? Maybe a gamble too far. (Rumour: Daily Star)
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