Next Aston Villa Manager: Third candidate splits Moyes and Pearson

Mick McCarthy has gained support in the next Aston Villa manager betting market
Mick McCarthy has gained support in the next Aston Villa manager betting market

Mick McCarthy is considered an alternative to David Moyes and Nigel Pearson in the next Aston Villa boss betting...


"While McCarthy is certainly no glamour candidate, he is underrated, leaving almost every side that he has led in a better position than he inherited them in."

Over a week on from Remi Garde's exit, Aston Villa don't appear to be particularly close to announcing a successor.

What they did find time to unveil was a new badge, so though 2016 hasn't yielded a single addition to the playing or coaching staff, the Villans have been able to hire a new chairman, four board members or advisors and make a rather needless cosmetic change while freefalling into the Championship, unsurprisingly antagonising supporters more with each passing day.

There has been movement in the next manager market despite the club's inactivity. Early favourite Nigel Pearson has solidified his advantage at the top of the market, shuffling in from his initial mark of 3.65 to 2.89/5, presumably on the assumption that he won't be too fussy after a year out of work.

His perceived main rival David Moyes has drifted. Having been 4.5 for the job on the night of Remi Garde's departure, the former Everton and Manchester United boss has since slid out to 7.613/2.

Perhaps the latest dud result, a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea, alerted punters to how difficult a sell reviving Villa in the Championship might be to a tactician accustomed to operating in the top half of the Premier League, though his price hasn't yet shifted to the point that he can be ruled out entirely.

There is a third contender who has gained support and passed Moyes at 6.611/2 in Mick McCarthy, who was previously backed at 25.0. Most Villa fans would consider him the least appetising option due to his Wolves past and having last managed in the Premier League four years ago and not achieved a promotion this decade.

However, while he is certainly no glamour candidate, he is underrated, leaving almost every side that he has led in a better position than he inherited them in. In the early 1990s, he steered Millwall from the bottom half to the play-offs, whereas they were relegated within months of his departure.

The 57-year-old is the only Republic of Ireland boss to have qualified for a World Cup this century. At Sunderland, his top-tier experiences were undeniably grim, but he finished both of his Championship campaigns in the top three.

McCarthy took charge of Wolves in 2006, guiding them to the Premier League as champions three years later and keeping them up twice. He was harshly axed in February 2012 from 18th place, only in the drop zone on goal difference, and the midlanders wound up in League One 18 months later.

His current employers Ipswich are doubtless frustrated by what looks like being a play-off near miss, yet he is on course to deliver a third straight top-ten finish for a team that didn't rank higher than 13th in the four years prior to his first full season.

Is he the best choice available to Villa? Probably not, but he is definitely far from the worst.

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