David Moyes has emerged as the biggest favourite to lead Aston Villa next season in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League which was confirmed yesterday with a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
Following relegation, Moyes has been promised significant funds to take the Midlands club back up at the first attempt having seen the experiments of relatively inexperienced managers Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde backfire dismally.
Owner Randy Lerner and his new-look board still have a lot of persuading to do before Moyes decides to make Villa his fifth club after spells with Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad.
After spending 15 years in the Premier League and La Liga, the Scot is keeping an open mind until he sees what other options are available this summer. It means Villa are also having to look at other candidates.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has received recommendations for his knowhow at this level and what he has achieved without spending power at Portman Road, and ex-Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has also been heavily linked.
Interim manager Eric Black oversaw their defeat at Old Trafford and urged: “The rebuild has to start now.”
The club are bottom of the table with only 16 points from 34 games and their noisy fans chanted at Old Trafford: “We want our Villa back”.
Black said afterwards: “It is a sad dressing room I have to say. It is devastating really. I have only been at the club for six or seven weeks. All I have tried to do is take some small steps back to the supporters. We have to get this club back to where most people suggest it should be, in the Premier League.”