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Strange men spotted at Aston Villa train station

Hmm, some of these chumps look familiar…

Aston Villa train station

Of course, when one manager throws in the towel, another one immediately throws in a hat. And the clothing analogies literally end there. With O’Neill now free to do bugger all, it’s your chance to make a little bit of money on the “next Villa manager” betting markets. Here’s what our buddies at Betfair Football have to say on the matter…

With no obvious candidates because of Avram Grant and Mark Hughes’ appointments elsewhere this summer, there are plenty of names in the mix to replace Martin O’Neill at Villa Park, with USA head coach Bob Bradley the favourite on Betfair at 5.5.

The fact Aston Villa are owned by American Randy Lerner may have factored into some punters’ thinking, however he has never gone out of his way to make stateside signings since arriving in 2006, the most notable additions coming in goal – where USA have as good a recent track record as anyone at producing great shot-shoppers.

Bradley has been linked with a Premier League switch ever since the World Cup, with Fulham reportedly considering him before opting for the safer option of Mark Hughes, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backing him to be a success if he makes the jump.

While Bradley is far from odds on, he is the clear market leader, proving just how few big names are on the market for the Villans to snap up right now. Next in line is Sven-Goran Eriksson at 9.6, with Alan Curbishley (14.5), Gareth Southgate (15.0), Slaven Bilic (16.0) and Martin Jol (16.5) all on the outskirts.

With the list of contenders rather uninspiring, the temptation exists for Villa to take a gamble on someone lacking in Premier League experience, and if it isn’t Bradley then several Championship bosses will hope to enter the club’s thinking, such as Dave Jones (25.0) and Billy Davies (46.0), though the hiring of either would probably underwhelm fans.

Who do you think will replace O’Neill? Let us know with a comment…

1 response so far
  • mhirado // August 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    i bet Roberto Martinez and Giofranco Zola will be keen.

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