Betting on the next Villa Park boss begins.
USA coach Bob Bradley is the early favourite on Betfair to be named the next manager of Aston Villa. The American, with no experience of playing or managing in Europe let alone the Premier League, is just 6-1 to replace Martin O’Neill, the Northern Irishman having tendered his resignation on Monday just five days before the season kicks-off.
Next in the betting is Sven Goran Eriksson, a 9-1 shot, followed by 13-1 chance Martin Jol and Slaven Bilic, the Croat currently available at 14-1.
Betfair’s Andy Lulham said: “It’s no surprise that Bradley is being linked to Villa Park having done a decent job at international level with the United States, and that’s why the Betfair punters have made him the early favourite for the position.
“But I imagine Villa fans will be worried that as a fellow American he could be brought in merely to act as a puppet whilst chairman Randy Lerner pulls the strings behind the scenes.”
Betfair bet: 6-1 Bob Bradley, 9-1 Sven Goran Eriksson, 13-1 Martin Jol, 14-1 Slaven Bilic, 16-1 Alan Curbishley, 19-1 Jurgen Klinsmann, 22-1 and above Others (Betfair)
So there you have it. Some bookmakers place Slaven Bilic and Alan Curbishley as more likely contenders for the Villa Park post but neither of them seem quite right for the post. This next appointment could be a crucial one and there appears to be a myriad of potential possibilities including of course a certain Sven Goran Eriksson who is always hanging around when someone gets the chop of quits.
Who would Villa fans like to see take over the Villa park hotseat?