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Next Aston Villa Manager: Grading the candidates in the frame

| 12.02.2015

10 games without a win, on top of a criminal lack of goals throughout his tenure, was enough to end Paul Lambert’s reign as Aston Villa manager.

With the club sat in 18th in the Premier League, with a 6/4 chance of going down according to Ladbrokes, the list of candidates to replace the former Champions League winner is understandably sparse.

Only 16 names grace the betting market to take over from the Scot, which is a sad indictment of the current state of the club.

While the purpose of Alan Curbishley and Stan Collymore’s presence in the list feels like one of padding there are some managers with a genuine chance of landing the gig.

We’ve taken those chances, along with their suitability to the club, into account when handing out the below grades:

Tim Sherwood @ 4/6 – A+

In a short period as Spurs boss, Sherwood not only showed himself to play an exciting brand of football, but proved he can win matches while doing. At such a worrying stage of existence for Villa, that should be all the convincing they need to hire him.

For a more exhaustive argument in Sherwood’s favour, click here.

Mark Warburton @ 20/1 – A

Despite performing wonders at Brentford since stepping into the breach following Uwe Rosler’s departure, Warburton is reportedly under threat at the Greater London club regardless of how his current promotion push goes.

In securing League One promotion, Warburton proved he can achieve immediate success and will place a high value in developing Villa’s myriad youngsters.

Neil Lennon @ 16/1 – B-

Lennon has already saved one side from relegation this season, taking Bolton from the foot of the Championship in October to 13th at the time of writing.

The embryonic stage that his project at the Macron Stadium is in counts against the Midlands club’s potential pursuit of the Northern Irishman however.

Michael Laudrup @ 14/1 – C+

The legendary Dane’s success at Swansea was short-lived, but was still far more entertaining that Lambert produced with Villa.

QPR recently failed to lure Laudrup away from his current position at Qatari club Lekhwiya, which is a major spanner in the works.

Jurgen Klinsmann @ 10/1 – D-

Klinsmann’s position as USA manager pushes him towards the surface of the betting market, as Villa have an American owner.

However, the former Spurs striker would be mad to leave that role for Villa and his one-stint as a club manager ended with zero silverware despite it being with Bayern Munich. It is best for both parties if this one is avoided.

Glenn Hoddle @ 5/2 – F

He last managed a club in 2006. With Wolves. In the Championship. And didn’t get promoted. Case closed.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.