Things can change dramatically in football and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to hiring and firing managers. The pressure is slowly building around the future of Aston Villa’s current boss Steve Bruce after a somewhat underwhelming start to the season. What Are The Odds looks at the candidates to succeed Bruce, according to the odds at Paddy Power.
Villa are facing key back-to-back home fixtures in the Championship this week against Brentford and then again against newly-relegated Middlesbrough - fixtures that could re-shape and send new life into the Midlands club’s Premier League aspirations. Should however, they fail to pick up a minimum of four points from the six available, question marks will surely be further raised and the odds will inevitably tumble on who could be the next Aston Villa manager.
Right now according to Paddy Power, it’s current Villa captain John Terry who’s the favourite to succeed Bruce. This would be an incredible twist in the season’s tale for the former Chelsea man who made the free transfer move in the summer, but has arguably struggled to adapt fully to the rigours of the Championship. It’s well documented that Terry views himself as a future Blues manager, and if he is the man to take Villa up to the Premier League he will certainly be on the right path to leading the west London club once again, albeit from the dugout. Shortening odds of 7/2 (4.50) are currently on-offer from the bookmaker for this to happen.
Chris Coleman, current Wales manager, is next in-line back at 10/1 (11.0) but it would be really difficult to see him leaving his country’s post now that they have closed the gap in their qualifying group, and potentially just a couple of wins from being at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Former England man Roy Hodgson, who has been out of the game since resigning after a dismal Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland, is at 12/1 (13.0) according the Paddy Power. Hodgson had good success at club level and is vastly experienced, should Villa want another boss with the same kind of pedigree as Steve Bruce then Roy Hodgson would more than fit the bill - Villa fans may not be so excited about the hire though.
David Moyes is backed at 14/1 (15.0), while names likes Ryan Giggs, Patrick Vieira and Alan Pardew are even bigger outside bets at 20/1 (21.0).
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