Villa Park owner wants ex-Stamford Bridge boss following Grerad Houllier’s ill-health.
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is contemplating replacing Gerard Houllier with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The American billionaire sees Ancelotti as the perfect replacement considering his global reputation and history of success as a manager.
Ancelotti, who was only sacked by Chelsea last Sunday, has been inundated with job vacancies from Italy but is seriously considering staying in England.
He has fallen in love with the country following his two years in West London and has even mentioned the possibility of taking charge of the national team.
Villa Park sources say negotiations are at an early stage but both sides are interested in a deal.
The Italian is said to be unwilling to make a definite decision until the situation regarding his friend Houllier’s future is sorted out.
Lerner is aware of the Frenchman’s heart problems after Houllier was taken to hospital in April and had to miss the rest of the season.
Houllier is expected to be retained by the club in a director of football role, concentrating on finding potential signings and controlling the youth academy.
Ancelotti is not the only name being linked with position. David Moyes, Rafael Benitez and Ian Holloway have all had their names mentioned.