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Next Villa Manager Odds!

Deanovilla has just started a thread in the 100% Vital forum: The Next Manager Odds

Just noticed there are currently 2 bookmakers giving odds on the next Villa manager, despite the fact we already have one... strange.

Not reading too much into it but thought it would be interesting to share -

Here's the Top 10 candidates according to Victor Chandler and Stan James -

Victor Chandler -

Benitez - 8/1
Curbishley - 10/1
MacDonald - 12/1
Solksjaer - 12/1
Martinez - 12/1
Bruce - 12/1
Moyes - 14/1
McCarthy - 14/1
Lambert - 14/1
Rodgers - 16/1

Stan James -

Benitez - 3/1
Curbishley - 6/1
Bruce - 8/1
MacDonald - 10/1
Solksjaer - 10/1
Martinez - 10/1
Moyes - 10/1
McCarthy - 12/1
Lambert - 12/1
Keane - 12/1

Not the most inspiring bunch of names in the world ay? Benitez would demand, and then probably waste money. Some would big big gambles on little experience. Others are offer the experience but are what I would consider 'safe' options not exciting at all.

Depressing isn't it, that this would be the best on offer should McNugget finally get the boot.

We also have the 'who would you have` thread: page one of (currently) 38... Click Here

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Writer: Deanovilla Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 16 2012

Time: 1:26PM

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we can dream!
The Fear
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16/04/2012 13:41:00

Everybody on the list would be an improvement!
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16/04/2012 13:41:00

"McLEISH OUT DAY" 6th May v Spurs.
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16/04/2012 13:42:00

My mum could be on that list and I'd be chuffed. At £2/3M who wouldn't be!!! ;) I'm glad the bookies are sensing movement in our hot seat! Come on Randy, you're not that daft are you? 3rd time lucky anyone???
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16/04/2012 13:44:00

You know you've got a bad manager when even Steve Bruce looks like a good option!!!!
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16/04/2012 13:45:00

We are stuck with Mc Leish for at least another season even if he is successful in relegating us come May. Randy looks like he does not want to show us that he 9randy) made a huge mistake in appointing Mc Leish in the first place. The only thing that might make him act is the ever increasing number of empty seats at VP. On a different note I wonder what kind of reception will MON get on Saturday? I blame him for the situation we are in now, had he been a better Manager and not so ready to throw Randy’s money around then things would be very different, COTVABU
irish villa
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16/04/2012 13:52:00

Neither list inspires me. I can just remember how well we did this time last year under --- wit for it --- McAlister. Who would have guessed! No, I'm not suggesting him, but I would prefer McDonald to be given a chance for, say, another 5 games.
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16/04/2012 13:53:00

I'd actually be quite excited if Martinez wa appointed and possitively orgasmicif we got Solskjaer, he has a huge manigerial future to look forward to.
villan of the north
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16/04/2012 13:55:00

McCarthy OUT!
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16/04/2012 13:58:00

Which Keane is that at 12/1?? I'd take Solksjaer, Martinez or Lambert. Dont think Rodgers, Moyes and Benitez would come and the rest are bloody useless.
Lion Heart
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16/04/2012 13:59:00

ALL of them would be a 100% improvement on what we have. We can't lose with our next managerial appointment, unless of course Randy tries to secure the services of Brian Clough, and even that would be an improvement.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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16/04/2012 14:01:00

Solskjaer would almost certainly use Villa as a stepping stone; Benitez is an incorigable spendthrift (as noted above); Curbishley, Bruce or McCarthy would probably be McLeish Mark II; Martinez turned the club down; His loss, not Villa's; Moyes will probably never leave Everton; Di Canio, Hoddle (if he doesn't get the England job) or Nigel Clough would be my choice. If not one of them then some up-and-coming coach from the continent. A director of football would probably be a good idea, too. Randy Lerner and Faulkner really seem to believe the 'Best League in the World' rubbish. That's why they appoint has-beens and never-wases like Houllier and McLeish. A DoF would -- potentially -- point them in the right direction
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16/04/2012 14:08:00

I'd rather not have Benitez, but pretty much anyone else on the list would be great! Lambert for me... Rogers would be good too, but probably wouldn't come. Mcdonald would also have fan backing. Anyone but this idiot would be welcome!
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16/04/2012 14:08:00

Clearly some of those names are nonsense - Moyes, Benitez, Martinez - if they turned us down last time why on earth should they be interested now? Things at Villa haven't exactly improved.
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16/04/2012 14:15:00

I don't care if Solsjaer uses us as a stepping stone, as long as he leaves us in a better state than he finds us and as an enticing prospect for another manager. Why not, it's a good deal for all concerned. Imo Solskjaer will replace SAF at some point, he's probably the only one who could given his growing reputation as a manager and his already legendary status at MUTD.
villan of the north
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16/04/2012 14:18:00

Saurat, Martinez turned down tje option to talk to us out of loyalty to Wheelan but next season the may well be in the Championship, assuming we are not, does Wheelan expect his loyalty to have no boundaries?
villan of the north
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16/04/2012 14:21:00

WHAT? We are having a day out with McLeish? When was that decided, where we going? Dress code? Bring our own sandwiches or?
The Fear
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16/04/2012 14:39:00

At least the bookies are covering the bets on this now. Never smoke without fire where the bookies are concerned!!!!
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16/04/2012 14:40:00

Is Sven looking for work still? :)
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16/04/2012 14:40:00

No Ray Wilkins on that list?
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16/04/2012 14:42:00

no to Solskjær as he lost his first game to a team that had just been promoted! Just as stupid fans wrote off Kmac over one or two games. On a serious note I think anyone would be better than Mcloser but most of us knew that before the club took him on. Kmac still for me but I would prefer to see changers further up as they have shown time and time again they really have not got a clue. Doug Ellis had his faults but he looks like god compared to these lot. If they are staying they need to put some board members in place that know what they are doing. All I can see they have taken us from being on a good financial footing having a good season every three years or so to being on a bad financial footing and looking like we are going backwards. Everyone with any sense knew Mcidiot was going to be a disaster, knew that Houlier’s health/ability with transfers would let him down and knew that you should not have let O’Neil’s spend ridiculous amounts of cash on past it/old, over rated, average players. This is who we have running our club! And is why I take no part in supporting it until change happens. I’m no rockets scientist myself but could easily see all this happening and shouting from the roof tops at the time to no avail. It’s so sad to see what’s happened to us in such a short space of time. If they want to do what is good for us they will sack Mclown and give Kmac to the end of the season to prove himself.
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16/04/2012 14:47:00

I have a strong feeling that you will have a vacancy in the summer. personally I think you should go for Roberto Martinez again. sure he turned you down in the summer, but I think he did it out of loyalty or at least let you guys down gently allowing you to keep face. I have a feeling that he will have privately regretted staying with wigan, and perhaps would now be open to a move to you, whether Wigan stay up or go down
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16/04/2012 15:03:00

Gawd Benitez noooooooooooo dont want a discussion over a milk bottle with another Liverpool fan rather keep McLies. Any chance of sensible options ? Lambert. Poyet even our very own Martin Laurson with Kevin Macdoald as his sidekick ? Why all this admiration for Martinez ? yes i admit he plays better football than Mcleish but at the end of the day he has still spent most of his premiership life flirting with relegation ..
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16/04/2012 15:13:00

Zola or Di Matteo if possible.. Both play decent footie and did OK jobs at west brom and west ham with less quality teams and practically no transfer budget and zero backing from their chairmen at the time... Gambles I know (And Di Matteo cold still get the Chelsea job) but I could at least be optimistic again with one of those two in charge...
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16/04/2012 15:22:00

Solksjaer is a good shout, I would like us to go for someone not scared of playing football. That would be a nice change, I would take Di Matteo or Poyet. Anyone who can offer flair, Merson? lol
Chelt Villan
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16/04/2012 15:50:00

Moyes would be the best, but probably wouldn't come. Curbishley would probably be my second choice; Benitez turned us down before, and he's a cheque-book manager. I really don't understand the Martinez thing at all; he turned Wigan from an established mid-table premier outfit into perennial relegation candidates. And while there's not much to be cheerful about at the moment, it is too easy to blame McLeish. He inherited a team that had flirted with relegation the season before, and was told to sell the two best players. We would have been in a relegation battle whoever was in charge. Blame Lerner, not McLeish.
Mark from Dudley
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16/04/2012 16:53:00

Did you hear the pundits discussing how Wigan beat Man U & giving Martinez praise. I'd buy a season ticket again if he came (read this Mr Lerner). Also Zola or Poyet
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16/04/2012 16:58:00

I would love someone like Poyet, Lambert or Solksjaer. Someone young who might actually be around in ten years time. We need a long term manager and I also think a director of football. I do feel McLeish is getting blamed for somethings that are not his fault BUT I really feel that our squad is able to be higher up the table (I dont know if its much higher, certainly safe anyway) had we of being playing better football. I am sick of his game plan of hope the game is called off and when its not roll into a ball like a hedgehog. We need to attack a bit.
Tallaght Villan
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16/04/2012 17:19:00

cant argue against the likes of Lambert who has been sensational at Wycombe, Colchester and Norwich and it has often surprised me that no one has taken another chance on Zola. in truth there are some outstanding young managers out there, but it is just getting the right one at the right time. I suppose with yourselves and perhaps even with Spurs if Harry leaves, there is still the thinking that they want a manager who not only plays the kind of football to please the fans, but he probably also needs to be able to develop as opposed to buy talent
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16/04/2012 18:25:00

One other name that I am surprised isnt on the list is Nigel Adkin of Southampton, he has been brilliant at southampton and Scunthorpe before them.
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16/04/2012 18:26:00

There is only one candidate who could be sold to both the fans and Lerner, and that is Paul Lambert. His stock is at an all-time high right now and his education in management was in Germany, where clubs don't tend to run at a loss and financial discipline is part of football culture. This should appeal to Lerner. The Villa fans would be obliged to give him an extended honeymoon period, if they actually managed to push McLeish out and gave him a stamp of approval. If Villa can sort their problems out the post would give him the best job he could possibly aspire to at this stage in his career. The only question is whether he would take a job at a club which is so obviously in decline and apparently has some serious structural issues in higher management. So it would be a big gamble for anyone at such a crossroads in their career. But Villa could definitely do with a dose of whatever Dortmund are on right now.
Steve Wade
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16/04/2012 20:03:00

Benitez was so negative at Liverpool, used to detest watching them with him in charge. Lambert would never come here. Like the Wigan Chaiman said about Martinez, he will get picked up by a big team sooner or later so they may aswell wait and get experience. We need our own Lambert/Martinez who is young, up and coming, possibly an old boy or 1 already on the books. Not an old hoofing defender who's decided to take up management and managed to blag it for a while with a little help from his friends ( in the media ) and letters from Fergie, some one who he'd probably never got the job without their help and someone that he was very happy to roll over and have our tummy tickled by!!
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16/04/2012 20:54:00

we need to get a manager thats going to get us out the championship as ive already accepted the fact we maybe there next season
Ted 369
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16/04/2012 21:00:00

I'd have Lambert @ the club. Anyone who has learned/is learning their trade aus Deutschland is OK by me. It would be terrific to have a fresh infusion of ideas at Villa. German football is dismissed by some as boring. Whatever its percieved faults, German fussball also produces intelligent football men like Beckanbauer, Voeller, Mueller, Klinsmann....I could go on. Disciplined, thoughtful professionals and real gentleman. In other words the type of people desperately needed at the Villa.
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16/04/2012 21:19:00

Still think a Director of Football is an absolute must at Villa or some sort of conduit between fans and the honcho's.
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16/04/2012 21:21:00

In the summer i was skeptical over martinez, but looking at recent results win against liverpool + wigan, plays similar football to swansea. I would say with the resources he has, he's done a great job despite battling with relegation for 3 seasons running which could still create doubts. But at the end of the day as long as Mcls**t is out im happy anyway, unless they employ someone worse which could be impossible, but you never know... gulp. Personally i think the board are keeping their real plans a secret, as i think they know mclueless is crap. Therefore instead of saying he will be sacked in the summer, were Eck could say 'right if that's how your gonna be il get u relegated (being the true blue he once was)' the board will sack at the end of season fingers crossed.
Carew AV Legned
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16/04/2012 22:16:00

It's not been mentioned but what about postman pat ( Capello ) knows bent tried to put gabby in the England squad brought through Wiltshire to England setup so knows a youngster when he sees them. His contacts on the continent must be second to none.
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16/04/2012 22:32:00

llieno, i like your thinking, especially when Capello was practically a season ticket holder at Villa park over recent seasons
Carew AV Legned
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17/04/2012 00:54:00

I'd be pretty happy if we got Martinez, he actually encourages his team play and go for it, no matter who they're playing. Whilst he no doubt told his team before the Arsenal game tonight that if they go out there and give them a run for their money, they CAN win. Mcleish just tells us that we should be "realistic" and not expect to beat Arsenal because they're better than us.
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17/04/2012 02:07:00

as long as he's not replaced with McCarthy, Bruce or Curbishley then i'll be happy enough. if he was replaced with one of those, it'd be more a bitter/sweet situation, haha
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17/04/2012 02:09:00

I remember feeling relieved when Steve Mclaren took the Forest job therefore making him unavailable for the Villa seat. Now I'm thinking it wouldn't have been so bad.... THATS HOW BAD IT IS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
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17/04/2012 05:36:00

Poyet, Martinez, Solksjaer, Lambert or Rodgers would all be brilliant and affordable options although I think Rodgers and Lambert aren't going anywhere for the time being.
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17/04/2012 09:06:00

Interesting that the word from within the club is that it will be a Poyet/Zola partnership, with Poyet as the manager and Zola as the coach and they are not on the list. I would have them all day long.
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17/04/2012 10:18:00

DiCanio for me ................. no nonsense and he is proving to be excellent tactically, get him in Faulkner .... UTV
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17/04/2012 10:24:00

Voice, if you don't mind me asking, where are you getting your info from and how reliable do you think it is? No matter how much I want a new manager I just think Lerner will stick will eck. I cant imagine he'd want another summer like the last two plus spending more cash on clearing up another managers contract.
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17/04/2012 11:47:00

Wts happens to all that QIA talk..??
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17/04/2012 13:35:00

What bout another Norwegian, Ståle Solbakken? He has recently been fired from the manager-eating wreck that is FC Cologne, but before thawt he took FC Copenhagen to ridiculous heights playing some wonderful football at the saqme time. Perhaps Villa would be very wise to go in and doing some deal with mr. Solbakken about taking over very soon.
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18/04/2012 03:03:00


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