Mauricio Pochettino is the bookmakers’ FAVORITE to replace Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa for former No. 2 Michael Beale – while Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery are also in the running
- Steven Gerrard was fired as manager by Aston Villa on Thursday evening
- Mauricio Pochettino is bookies favorite to take over on the Midlands side
- The former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss was sacked by PSG in July
- Gerrard’s former assistant Michael Beale, currently at QPR, is also in the fray
- Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery are also in the running for the job
Mauricio Pochettino is the contender to take over Aston Villa after Steven Gerrard was sacked on Thursday.
Gerrard got the kick after a 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage, which put them just one point above the relegation zone and one win in their last nine Premier League games.
And according to Oddcheckerformer Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino – sacked by the French giants in July – will most likely replace Gerrard at the struggling Midlands side.
Mauricio Pochettino (above) is the bookmakers’ favorite to replace Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa
Gerrard was sacked on Thursday night after a 3-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage
His former number 2 Michael Beale, now with Queens Park Rangers, is the second favorite to take over
Second favorite is Gerrard’s former assistant manager Michael Beale, who worked as number 2 under the former Liverpool and England midfielder at Rangers and Villa before moving to Queens Park Rangers for the championship in June.
Beale, 42, has led QPR to the top of the table, drawing interest from Villa’s Premier League rivals Wolves, before rejecting their approach. A return to Villapark may now be lurking.
Also in the running are Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery, according to bookmakers.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank (above) is also believed to be in the running by the bookmakers
Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche is currently without a club and could be persuaded to join
Brentford boss Frank is widely regarded as doing an excellent job on a tight budget and currently has the Bees in the top half in their second season after being promoted from the second tier.
Dyche was sacked by Burnley in April and is out of a job but would be a safe hand if Villa is looking to relegate, while former Arsenal manager Emery led Spain’s Villarreal to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Rafa Benitez, Nuno Espirito Santo, Marcelo Bielsa and Scott Parker may return to the Premier League with Villa, while Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane and Zinedine Zidane are among the much less likely candidates.