Truth is no one knows and I fear it will be some time before someone is appointed and comes in. I am sure you don’t need reminding but Villa are on a torrid run of form with only 1 win in their last 10 games. We sit bottom of the league with 4 points and 4 points from safety. We have a chairman who wants to sell up, a board who have little experience in really running a football club and potentially little to no funds available for anyone new coming in. So, apart from you and me who would really want the job?
Let’s have a look at some of the positives that could persuade someone:
Players – The club have some really talented players such as Grelaish, Amavi, Traore and Ayew. All have quality about them; the trouble is the set-up has never been right to accommodate them all in a winning formula. We just need to find a system that works and I am sure the talent will shine though.
Fans – despite the despair at the club have you seen our fans? Check out the sell-out we took to Southampton, no doubt the best in the country.
Survival – everyone loves a good survival story, West Brom a few seasons back and Leicester last season. If Villa can go on the same run of form it would be one for the history books.
Who are the leading canidates? The 2 names that have been thrown around are Remi Garde and David Moyes. Garde does excite me, he is used to working with a budget and will no doubt bring stability to our defence and work well with the French players we already have. Rumour is that Garde is interested but wants to bring his former assistants with him, the problem is that they are still under contract at Lyon which appears to be a stumbling block. David Moyes will be similar and have a similar impact, but it is understood that he is keen on seeing out his contract in Spain. Brendan Rodgers name has also been mention but personally he would be my last choice. He spent too much money at Liverpool and achieved nothing. With a shoe string budget at Villa, I would be fearful of the worst.
My choice would be someone who has Premier league experience and someone who can in the short term keep us up. Nigel Pearson would be my first pick. He did fantastic at Leicester last season and I am sure he could do the same for us – wouldn’t mind poaching a few players too. Seeing Mark Albrighton back would be a bonus.
Who would be your choice?