Remi Garde took training on Tuesday but is widely expected to be relieved of his duties before the Chelsea game. Whilst there are suggestions that first team affairs may be passed to either Eric Black or Kevin MacDonald on an interim basis, Villa will be exploring a permanent replacement.
It was interesting to see the response to the current Wales boss’ link to Villa. It was largely and underwhelming “No!” Coleman earned plaudits for saving Fulham from near certain relegation in 2003 & was relieved of his duties with the club in no real danger. A brief stint in at Real Sociedad ended due to a difference of opinion off the pitch, rather than results on it. Coleman did struggle at Coventry & was sacked as they languished in The Championship. Coleman, despite steering Wales to their first European Championships since 1958, has a tricky start to his role, going a record 5 games before his first win.
Villa would however face some competition or challenges to any pursuit of the Welshman, firstly his current international post & Swansea City are also admirers. Coleman currently has a win ration of 33%.
Continuing the Welsh theme, former Swansea boss Monk is currently available after departing The Liberty Stadium earlier this season. Having previously held high stock both at The Swans and as a young talented manager, things went off the boil this term and his was dismissed. Monk is a determined and straightforward manager with an understanding of building a team mentality, but there may be question marks about his experience managing the variety of issues at Villa Park. Regardless, he currently sits as second favourite to take the helm behind Nigel Pearson.
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