Next Aston Villa manager in The Holte End Posted November 9 This was my worry with sacking Smith, all the names mentioned carry a big risk and don't fill me with confidence of guaranteed progress. It would be different if there was a Conte a figure available and who wanted to come here. If they go for the likes of a Gerrard they better get him, as we can't have a situation like Spurs over the Summer or even how some of our own transfer dealings were very publicly rejected. On Gerrard who seems the favourite I'm not even sure what I'd make of him but I think the usual SPL stuff being aimed at him is unfair. Managing at Celtic or Rangers brings incessant pressure, two defeats and it's a crisis. There is an incredible pressure to win and he did very well in Europe last year so any manager who handles that pressure and can deliver silverware deserves some respect. In fairness I have not seen his name talked up on here but it's funny how some Villa fans could get so excited by Fonsesca who managed probably the richest team in a pretty uncompetitive Ukranian League from what I can make out but will slam Gerrard. I don't think Lampard would be the worst given his record with younger players, Derby and how they played plus Chelsea can be a prickly club to manage but if we're after the same target as Norwich I'm not sure what that says about where we are looking to go . I don't know who I want but I certainly hope we stay well clear of Martinez who hasn't delivered with Belgium and has been out of the premier league for quite a while. It's critical we get this appointment right.