Aston Villa: Who are the candidates to replace Steven Gerrard?


Aston Villa are looking for a new manager after Steven Gerrard was sacked following Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at Fulham.

Gerrard has left Villa precariously above the relegation zone, having picked up just nine points from 11 Premier League games this season.

Villa supporters were calling for Gerrard’s head end of Thursday’s lossChanting “Steven Gerrard, get out of our club” in the direction of the outside booth.

So who can replace the 42-year-old at Villa Park?

Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine has been out of work since being sacked by French side Paris St-Germain last July, despite winning the first trophies of his managerial career at the club.

Pochettino, 50, guided Tottenham to the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid, where they were beaten by Liverpool. They also lost the 2015 League Cup final to Chelsea before finishing as runners-up to their London rivals in the Premier League in 2016-17.

He left Spurs after a disappointing start to the 2019-20 campaign.

Unai Emery

Unai Emery was the first choice to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle after the Saudi Arabian-backed ownership of the club last October, but the former Arsenal boss ruled himself out of the discussion.

The 50-year-old has enjoyed immense success at Villarreal, guiding the Spanish club to Europa League glory in 2020-21 before reaching the last four of the Champions League the following season.

The Spaniard, who won three consecutive Europa Leagues with Sevilla, succeeded Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager in May 2018 but left 18 months later after a poor run of results.

Mick Beale

Mick Beale followed Gerrard to Villa Park from Scottish Premiership side Rangers last year before joining Queens Park Rangers in June. Wolves made a formal approach to the west London club to talk to Beale after sacking Bruno Lage last month, but the 42-year-old turned down the job.

Beale called Wolves a “fantastic club” but said he wanted to stay at Loftus Road after an impressive start to the current campaign.

Gerrard leaves Villa in 17th place with nine points from 11 Premier League games this season

Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel has shown he can deliver on the big stage after turning Chelsea’s fortunes around in the Premier League and lifting the Champions League trophy within six months of arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Having also enjoyed success at Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain, the 49-year-old German would be an ambitious appointment.

Tuchel has it He seems to have already withdrawnexternal link Two offers from Premier League clubs since leaving Chelsea.

Sean Dyche

In the Midlands, Dyche has been out of work for 51 years since leaving Burnley in April.

However, the English manager impressed for the majority of his 10-year tenure at Turf Moor and has shown he can deliver in tougher financial circumstances.

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank led Brentford to the Premier League for the first time in their history and helped them to a comfortable 13th place finish last season as they held on to the top flight.

Compared to Villa, the 49-year-old Dane has also worked on a very limited budget and the Midlands club’s resources and fans could be attractive should they come calling.

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