Steven Gerrard was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on Thursday night after a 3-0 defeat at Fulham.
Former Rangers boss Gerrard paid the price for a run of just two Premier League wins from 11 games this season.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at who could be next at the Villa Park hotseat.
Former Southampton, Tottenham and Paris St Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is the bookmakers’ favorite for the Villa job. The Argentina manager has been available since parting ways with the French giants in July and was linked with the vacancy at Old Trafford ahead of Erik ten Hag’s appointment.
Recently sacked by Chelsea, Germany’s Tuchel would bring an impressive CV. A Champions League winner with the Blues in 2021, Tuchel also had successful stints at Borussia Dortmund and PSG but whether he would be ready for such a quick return to the pressure cooker of Premier League management remains to be seen.
After leaving Arsenal, Emery has seen his shares rise again in Spain at Villarreal. He won the Europa League in 2021 after beating Manchester United in the final and impressing in the Champions League last season. However, having ruled himself out of contention for a potential move to Newcastle, it seems Emery is in no rush to return to the English top flight.
Beale was Gerrard’s assistant before joining QPR in the summer and remains hugely popular at the Midlands club. The 42-year-old has impressed in his first managerial job, guiding Rangers to the top of the Sky Bet Championship. Although they have turned down a chance to speak to Wolves about their vacancy as manager – and insisted there was work to be done at Loftus Road – it could be a different story should Villa call.
Sacked by Burnley as they struggled to survive in the Premier League last season, Dyche has continued to be linked with Jobs when they have appeared this season, both in the top flight and the Sky Bet Championship. However, whether the current Villa squad would be able to fully focus on ‘Dyche Ball’ would be debatable.
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