Money for McLeish and Moyes for next Aston Villa manager

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Alex McLeish and David Moyes have been the latest managers to witness support from punters as the uncertainty surrounding who will become the next Aston Villa manager continues.

Villa have been relatively secretive in their search for a successor to Gerard Houllier, with the only real known activity so far being that they were interested in speaking to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

Whether any discussions took place remains unclear, but it is known that Martinez has since agreed to a new contract to stay on at Wigan.

Martinez is one of a handful of names that have been supported into being favourite in the next Aston Villa market, with Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Steve McClaren also having previously been the focus of good support.

Early favourite Mark Hughes is back towards the head of the market again at 5/2, although there are rumours that Villa had not planned on speaking to the former Fulham boss.

However, it is Birmingham boss Alex McLeish that has now emerged as an unlikely leading contender to replace Houllier and is the latest to find themselves as the favourite to be appointed next Aston Villa manager.

McLeish may get a loud applause from the Aston Villa fans for leading chief Midlands rivals Birmingham to relegation last season, but how welcome he will be as their manager remains a mystery.

Moving between such bitter rivals is a massive step, but McLeish had already been backed into 4/1 and has now shortened further to 7/4.

There would be no such concerns surrounding Everton manager Moyes, who is widely regarded to have done a fine job on a shoestring budget, despite failing to win any trophies.

Whether Moyes is interested in the Villa vacancy needs to be confirmed, but he is now 3/1 to take over, having previously been available at 7/1.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.