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Next Aston Villa manager odds: Gerrard favourite to replace Smith

| 04.11.2021

Next Aston Villa manager odds

Dean Smith’s reign as Aston Villa manager ended at the weekend following a fifth successive defeat and attention has turned to his successor.

Friday’s 1-0 loss at Southampton ensured they have taken just 10 points from their opening 11 games and are just two places above the relegation zone.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is the early 4/6 favourite in the next Aston Villa manager odds but there are a few other high-profile names in the mix.

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard led Rangers to their first Scottish title in 10 years last season but the question remains whether the former Liverpool man – who knows Villa chief executive Christian Purslow from his time at Anfield – would wish to leave his perennial title contenders in favour of the tough task at Villa Park.

John Terry

Terry finished his illustrious playing career at Villa before returning to spend three years as Smith’s assistant coach, a stint which ended this summer.

Whether that leaves the former Chelsea and England captain too close to the Smith regime – or whether his departure is linked with the club’s downturn in fortunes – will dictate whether Terry emerges as a legitimate contender to replace his former boss.

That said, Terry is 5/1 second favourite in the next Aston Villa manager odds.

Paulo Fonseca

Fonseca was strongly linked with Newcastle in recent weeks and again finds himself among the leading contenders for the Villa role at 5/1.

The Portuguese left Roma in May having led them to the semi-finals of the Europa League and the experienced boss also enjoyed a successful spell in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Roberto Martinez

Martinez famously led Wigan to FA Cup success eight years ago but was sacked by Everton in 2016 after three years at the helm.

The Spaniard has been the head coach of Belgium ever since, leading the country to the top of the FIFA world rankings, although a major trophy remains elusive.

Martinez has been cut from 16/1 to 6/1 to make a return to the Premier League with Villa.

Frank Lampard

Having taken Derby into the Championship play-offs, Lampard moved to Chelsea in 2019 but departed in January after a disappointing series of results, amid rumours of dressing-room unrest.

While Lampard remains a highly-respected figure, his experience at Stamford Bridge may leave him struggling to convince Villa’s owners that he is the best man for the job.

Lampard can be backed at 8/1 in the next Aston Villa manager odds.

Graham Potter

A bid for the current Brighton boss would be an audacious move from Villa and it is far from certain that Potter would consider a switch to Villa Park a step up, but he is 12/1 to replace Smith.

Since moving to the south coast from Swansea in 2019, Potter has emerged as one of the most highly-rated British coaches, ensuring the Seagulls are firmly ensconced in the Premier League’s top 10.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner