The dust is settling on a weekend in which the Villans lost again, which led to Tim Sherwood being sacked as Aston Villa manager after only eight months in charge.

The rumour mill immediately kicked into life, with many managers from far and wide being linked with the vacant managerial job at Villa Park. Who are they and what pedigree would they bring?

Remi Garde

Remi Garde didn’t feature on many bookmakers’ odds when Sherwood was sacked yesterday morning but as the day progressed the Frenchman suddenly became favourite for the job after Canal Plus, a French news channel, suggested that the former Arsenal player was in advanced talks with Villa officials.

Who is Garde?

Garde is a double cup winning manager from his only management job at French Ligue One side, Lyon. He started off at Lyon as Gerard Houllier’s assistant manager in 2005 before becoming Lyon’s Director of Football until 2011, when he took over as manager.

Garde is highly rated, with Arsene Wenger an admirer. The Arsenal boss attempted to get the forty-nine-year-old as his Director of Football and assistant manager a few years ago.

Garde is described as a “mini Wenger”, with his style being counter-attacking based while still taking the game to the opposition. His team’s passing style is almost identical to the Wenger style of football that everyone knows.

Appointing Garde would be a smart move for Aston Villa Football Club, whose officials should not be scared by the unknown. Wenger rates the man and Garde has garnered a very good reputation in France.

David Moyes

David Moyes was the favourite to take over at Villa Park before Sherwood was even sacked. It was a move that seemingly suited both parties, with the Real Sociedad supporters calling for Moyes to leave last weekend after another abysmal performance in La Liga. Sociedad won 4-0 yesterday and the pressure seems to have lifted. It could be the perfect opportunity for the Scot to return to the Premier League if Randy Lerner is willing to compensate the Spanish club.

Moyes was a success over a long period of time at Everton but at Manchester United he crumbled dramatically. Nobody truly knows if Ferguson had left him in the lurch with the squad he had.

Moyes’ style of play isn’t always the most positive but, defensively at least, the Villans could be much better off with Moyes in charge. He is known as one of the best tacticians to grace the Premier League.

The odds on Moyes replacing Sherwood have risen dramatically, however.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has been touted as the man to take the helm at Villa Park. Sam Tighe has said that Tom Fox wants Rodgers as manager but Lerner is inclined to appoint Moyes.

Rodgers was the philosopher of a fantastic Swansea City side but his reputation started to crumble while at Liverpool. A second place finish cannot be ignored but was that down to his tactics or Luis Suarez?

Rodgers’ style of football could prove painful to the Villa faithful, as it is slow and quite meticulous and bland if things are not going well. Is his strategy one that the Villans need now? I do not feel that it is. It is tough to gauge it. The Liverpool job took a lot of the shine off his glowing reputation. Aston Villa could be the club to resurrect his fortunes.

Nigel Pearson

Nigel Pearson has emerged as a front runner in the odds on who will be the next Aston Villa manager. To me, this is odd because he actually hasn’t done much apart from lift Leicester City out of the relegation zone from a more or less impossible position.

Pearson’s style of play is certainly exuberant and free flowing. He used wing-backs effectively at Leicester in their great escape but will it work for Villa?

This is a lazy link. Pearson’s fiery temperament could lead to him leaving before he has even got started at Villa Park. In my opinion, giving the job to Pearson would signal a lack of ambition and a lazy, cheap appointment.

Who else?

Murat Yakin, formerly of Basil, is rated well but he is inexperienced outside of Switzerland and Russia, which could count against him.

Bob Bradley always seems to be linked with the Villa job when a manager leaves. I do not understand why.

Dwight Yorke claims he wants the job for some reason. I think it is safe to say he won’t be Sherwood’s successor.

Andre Villas-Boas is an interesting name that has been thrown into the mix but surely his contract at Zenit is too big to buy him out of?

What next?

Whoever comes in at Villa Park needs to hit the ground running. This appointment needs to be thought out carefull, as the man who takes over from Sherwood needs to have ambition and the ability to use the squad he has available to him. I trust Fox and Lerner with this appointment, as they will be very conscious that it has to be the right one or Aston Villa will sink into deeper trouble – and the Championship.

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