Wild card choices that would certainly be interesting, if potentially risky.
He’s not leaving Naples who are heading for Champions League place. He’s laughed in Lerner’s face once before, it’s unlucky he’ll get a chance to do it again.
The former Italian manager is available after being punted at the end of the year by Galatasaray due to poor Champions League performances. A bit of a wild card this one. He would certainly get the Villa player’s attention. I couldn’t see Prandelli hanging around for a long-term career at Villa and he’s unlikely to consider a short-term gig. It’s worth an email to his agent though!
The former Arsenal squad player used to work as an assistant under Gerard Houlier and was once predicted to be Arsene Wenger’s successor. Since leaving Lyon to take a break for personal/family reasons, he’s been linked to Brighton and Newcastle jobs. Whether he’s the real deal is open to debate. Would he have the stomach for the relegation battle ahead? Too many question marks perhaps to take a punt on Garde in Villa’s current situation.
Managers that are in the realms of consideration that might not inspire much excitement amongst Villa supporters, or are out of their depth for the job. These include some of the press and bookies favourites.
The bookies and any lazy journalist’s favourite (since he’s been the favourite for every recent Premier League job). Apart from having been a legend in his own life-time, what has he done exactly? He’s lacking a UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification, although who does actually have one in the Premier League!? Sherwood is only considered because there seems to be a lack of real candidates. I can see logic in a short-term appointment in terms of giving the team an adrenaline shot, but is he really the best man out there for the job long-term?
Would Dyche commit such a serious judas act as jumping ship in the final stretch? Keeping Burnley in the Premier League would be his crowning achievement and he’d probably have more chance of staying in the top league with them than Villa, due to his familiarity with his current squad. Also, it wouldn’t be very classy or wise on Villa’s part getting a manager of a relegation rival who’s in his first Premier League season of experience. A no-go.
If Lennon was still at Celtic, he’d have more chance of a managing Villa. His cache would have dropped in the eyes of fans as soon as he dropped to the Championship with Bolton, even though it may have been a wise move on his behalf to learn his managerial spurs in the English game. Lennon could potentially inspire the team to avoid relegation, but I can’t see the club dipping into the Championship for a manager.
Ancelotti’s right-hand man at Real Madrid. At 43-year-old despite plenty of coaching experience at Chelsea, with further spells at Paris St-Germain and obviously Madrid. Should an assistant’s first number one job be at a club the size of Villa? Nope. Especially with the club in the situation they are in. Steve Clarke is a good example, although maybe he should have been given a little longer at the Baggies?
Could be considered a prospect, due to being available and experienced, but he smacks a bit of the Fulham Felix Magath experiment, whom he actually took over managing Schalke 04 from. Rangnick would later resign from Schalke citing he was suffering from exhaustion syndrome, which hardly makes him a fit for the current Villa task ahead. The rest of this season is going to be a pretty taxing assignment for any manager.
The former Real Madrid manager is a free agent, but probably would be too volatile for Randy Lerner’s tastes. With a history of falling out with boards and media, Schuster is also perhaps regarded as a washed-up force. He might fancy the challenge win back some respect, but surely he brings too many questions marks with him to be considered with any seriousness.
Despite impressing at Brentford, he’s a name that is hardly going to fire up the Villa faithful and it will have most of them scratching their heads asking ‘who?’ Unproven and it’s too early for him to be considered.
After coaching at NEC and Twente, Kluivert in recent years has worked under Louis van Gaal guiding the Dutch team to the World Cup semi-finals. While you’d probably prefer the Dutch number two over Ireland’s number two Roy Keane, that isn’t saying much. Doesn’t have the experience of being the main man to take a risk on at the moment.
While he’s had breath spells of lower league success at Wigan and Brentford, he doesn’t have the top-flight credentials to manage Villa. I’d be surprised if he’s even considered, although it will be interesting to see where Rosler turns up next.
People still get sentimental about Glen Hoddle because of the player he was, but his last spell in club management was at Wolves in 2006. It was hardly a roaring success and it was almost a decade ago. Despite backing by the bookies at least, Glen Hoddle as Villa’s long-term manager seems a far-fetched notion and too risky as a relegation prevention stop-gap.
If Lambert had been sacked with four or five games to the end of the season, he might have been a decent short-term fix, as he seems to get teams fired up for the first handful of games. But Pearce’s days of being considered an upper-tier manager seem to be very much over.
Well, the former Reading boss is available and will probably throw his hat in the ring, but this is a man who’s last act was to lose 6-1 against the Blues. Sorry mate, it ain’t gonna happen.
Media Muppet Suggestions
No chance of taking job, but they’re still mentioned in the press! Even though some of them could probably do a job.
The token gesture mention, that is only fitting. Doubt he’ll manage again.
Yeah right! After Villa fans scorned the idea of McClaren taking over in 2011 and the very fact the club chose Alex McLeish means he’d probably the last man to say yes to the job. Also, at the moment, the ex-England boss’s Derby team probably have a better chance of Premier League football next season than Villa do.
He’s got a dodgy knee apparently. Also, Villa fans have always had it in for him and he’ll remember when one of them threw a 50p at him.
Some pundits have suggest Big Sam due to the fact his West Ham contract doesn’t have long to run and the Hammers fans have never been his greatest fans. He’s cemented them in the Premier league though and with a stadium move and possible expansion as a real London force, he’d want to stick around. Stranger things have happened, but it would be an odd choice on Sam’s part and too much hassle on Villa’s part.
Lets just leave it at NAH! Even though some deluded Irish newspapers reckon he’s in the running. He’s got as much chance as Alex McLeish.
UTV and good luck to whoever gets the job!