Pochettino is the bookies' FAVOURITE to replace Gerrard at Aston Villa

Mauricio Pochettino is the bookies’ favourite to replace Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa ahead of former No 2 Michael Beale – while Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery are also in the running

  • Steven Gerrard was sacked as manager by Aston Villa on Thursday evening
  • Mauricio Pochettino is bookmakers’ favourite to take over at 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 in contention too
  • Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery are also in the running for the job 

Mauricio Pochettino is odds-on favourite to take over at Aston Villa after Steven Gerrard was sacked on Thursday.  

Gerrard got the chop after a 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage left them just a point above the relegation zone and one win in their last nine Premier League games.

And according to Oddschecker, former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain manager Pochettino – sacked by the French giants in July – is most likely to replace Gerrard with the struggling Midlands side.

Mauricio Pochettino (above) is the bookies’ favourite to replace Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa

Gerrard was sacked on Thursday night after a 3-0 defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage

His former No 2 Michael Beale, now at Queens Park Rangers, is second favourite to take over

Second favourite is Gerrard’s former assistant manager Michael Beale, who worked as No 2 under the former Liverpool and England midfielder at Rangers and Villa before leaving for Championship side Queens Park Rangers in June.

Beale, 42, has led QPR to the top of the table and attracted interest from Villa’s Premier League rivals Wolves, before he turned down their approaches. A return to Villa Park may now be on the cards.

Also in the running, according to the bookies, are Thomas Frank, Sean Dyche and Unai Emery.

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 may be persuaded to join

Brentford boss Frank is widely seen 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 without a job but would be a safe pair of hands as Villa look to battle relegation, while former Arsenal manager Emery led Spanish side 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.




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