They may have former Manchester City and England supremo David Bernstein on their board of directors, and ex-Bank of England governor Mervyn King alongside him, but the Premier League’s bottom club Aston Villa needs to manage expectations when looking for a new figurehead in the dugout.
Local clarion ‘The Birmingham Mail’ believes Bernstein and co are attempting to lure Burnley boss Sean Dyche from his comfy chair at Turf Moor, with the Clarets top of the Championship table and poised for promotion back to the Premier League.
Former Manchester United gaffer David Moyes and erstwhile Leicester boss Nigel Pearson also get mentions as potential successors to current Villa chief Remi Garde, whose five-month tenure at the club has been on life support for a number of weeks.
Of those three, surely only the latter can be taken seriously as a potential replacement for the 49-year-old Frenchman.
Villa are going down, with 12 points between Garde’s side, who have just seven games left, and safety. Some will argue Dyche would take one step back, two steps forward by joining the ‘bigger’ club of the same colours, but the way the top-flight money is divvied out these days makes that a hard sell.
Burnley are top of the second tier and guaranteed at least a play-off spot, but bwin.com see the Lancastrian minnows as 3/5 favourites to top the Champo pile. Why oh why would the gruff-voiced ‘Ginger Mourinho’ leave under such circumstances?
It’s hard to see Moyes jumping feet first into the Midlands mess either, considering he hasn’t taken charge of a side in the second tier for almost 15 years and was last seen on these shores managing the biggest club in the country, albeit badly.
Of the rumoured candidates, that leaves ‘Crazy Eyes’ Pearson as the only realistic white knight riding to Villa’s rescue. His Leicester team took 16 points from their last seven games of the 2014/15 campaign to secure Premier League safety. Mmm…