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Aston Villa Manager Latest: David Moyes & Sven Goran Eriksson Favourites To Succeed Martin O'Neill With Bookmakers

The bookies have cut the Everton manager's odds considerably while the Swede remains a contender according to latest prices...

Everton manager David Moyes is a serious contender for the vacant Aston Villa post after bookmakers slashed his odds considerably.

The Toffees boss was trading at 40/1 (41.0) over the weekend but a flurry of bets on Monday has seen his odds move to 9/2 (5.50) in the race to replace Martin O'Neill. He is trading as short as 3/1 (4.0) with some bookmakers.

Moyes would fit the bill as Aston Villa have stated they are seeking a manager with Premier League experience. The former Celtic player has been in charge at Goodison Park since 2002 and finished in the top four in 2004-05.

Things haven't begun quite as well this season with Everton languishing in the bottom three registering just a single point after three games.

Former favourite Bob Bradley is now out of the running after signing a contract extension with the USA. Temporary boss Kevin Macdonald is still attracting some support at 3/1 (4.0) but his case hasn't been helped by Villa's early elimination from Europe and the 6-0 thrashing by Newcastle United.

New Fulham manager Mark Hughes remains in contention with some bookmakers quoting odds as short as 5/1 (6.0) on 'Sparky' leaving Craven Cottage barely a month after succeeding Roy Hodgson.

Unemployed Sven Goran Eriksson is the bookies' joint favourite with Macdonald (at the time of writing) with one bookmaker pricing the Swede at 3/1 (4.0) to take up his first club managerial position since leaving Manchester City in 2008. However, it is understood that the club have ruled out the former England manager and his short price is mainly due to his current availability.

Other contenders include former Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate, who is valued at 10/1 (11.0) with some bookmakers. Ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is valued at 9/1 (10.0).

Wildcard Diego Maradona is a long shot at 100/1 (101.0) to move to the Premier League.

Aston Villa are intending to appoint a new manager after the international break.

A statement from the club said: "We have thoroughly researched potential candidates and have reached out to a variety of contacts we have within the game for advice and guidance.

"Two of the traits we believe are of crucial importance are that candidates have experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad."

Aston Villa Manager Odds - Best Price on Oddschecker

Sven Goran Eriksson - 9/2 (5.50)
Kevin Macdonald - 5/1 (4.0)
David Moyes - 6/1 (7.0)
Mark Hughes - 16/1 (17.0)
Alan Curbishley - 20/1 (21.0)
Gerard Houllier - 22/1 (23.0)
Gareth Southgate - 22/1 (23.0)
Jurgen Klinsmann - 25/1 (26.0)
Ottmar Hizfeld - 25/1 (26.0)
Diego Maradona - 100/1 (101.0)

Put your money on Kevin MacDonald - thats my opinion....


Yorkshire Pud said...

I doubt you'll get Moyes, he just seems too happy at Everton and what he is building.

Moving to Villa would be, in my opinion, a step backwards for him although I suppose he would get a fresh challenge