High-flying Brentford manager Dean Smith is fancied to take over from Steve Bruce at Villa Park in the early Betfair betting
"Smith currently manages Brentford, the West London club flying-high in fifth in the Championship, and can be backed at 7/4 to take over from Bruce. Smith has strong Midlands roots - he was born in West Bromwich and started his career at Walsall. He has been in charge at Griffin Park since November 2015."
Dean Smith heads the early odds
Dean Smith is the early favourite to replace Steve Bruce at Aston Villa after the former Manchester United defender was sacked today.
Smith currently manages Brentford, the West London club flying-high in fifth in the Championship, and can be backed at 7/4 to take over from Bruce. Smith has strong Midlands roots - he was born in West Bromwich and started his career at Walsall. He has been in charge at Griffin Park since November 2015.
Sam Allardyce is next up in the betting, the much-travelled former England man 7/2 to make another return to domestic football.
Thierry Henry, linked with Bruce's post in the summer, is 5/1 with former Villa manager Martin O'Neill 6/1 to return.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is 7/1 to make a return to English club football in the early betting and rounds out the list of those in single figures.
David Moyes can be backed at 12/1, with Frank de Boer, who endured a painful few months at Crystal Palace last year is 14/1.
Interestingly, at the same price, punters can back John Terry, who played for the club last year. A reunion with former teammate Frank Lampard, currently managing Derby, on the Championship sidelines is an intriguing prospect.
Slaven Bilic, Gus Poyet, Jaap Stam and Neil Warnock are all 16/1.
Bruce lasted just shy of two years at Villa Park having taken over from Roberto di Matteo, whose shambolic reign brought one win in 12, and guided the club to a mid-table finish.
The following year was far more successful, the former-Manchester United defender leading the team to the Championship Playoff Final which they lost 1-0 to Fulham.
This season began under a cloud with rumours of Henry's arrival while Bruce was still in place at the club. Despite that unrest, Villa won the first three games of the season only to embark on a six-game winless streak. In total the club has won just one game from the last ten - they drew 3-3 with Preston last night in a dramatic game that saw a cabbage thrown onto the Villa Park pitch in protest.
Villa sit 12th in the table. They are currently [26.0] to win The Championship title on the Betfair Exchange.