After what was a shambolic four months in charge, Aston Villa finally dispensed of the services of Roberto di Matteo on Monday morning.
The former Champions League winning manager only survived at Villa for a mere 124 days and leaves the Birmingham-based outfit in a lowly 19th place in the Championship, following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Di Matteo only managed a single victory in his 11 league games in charge and that was enough for Villa’s maverick owner Dr Tony Xia to axe him from his post.
Aston Villa assistant boss Steve Clarke will now act in the caretaker role while a successor is being sought out.
Following the Italian’s dismissal this morning, Paddy Power has Steve Bruce heading the market to replace him at .
However, the bigger news is that Sam Allardyce has been installed as a shout to quickly return from exile and take over at Villa Park.
There’s already been plenty of money around for Big Sam, and not the sort wrapped in an envelope to be passed under a table.
Allardyce, who managed England for a mere 67 days, was sacked by the FA last week following a newspaper sting that uncovered him advising fake businessman on how to “get around FA rules” for player transfers.
Despite the hugely embarrassing episode and a possible ban from football, it has not ruled-out for him. Allardyce would be an attractive choice for the Villa board given his proven track record and the club’s floundering form in the Championship.
Asked about the possibility of a rapid return to football management for Big Sam, Paddy Power felt the Villa job might be an “adequate punishment” for Allardyce’s England misdemeanours.
“Allardyce’s short-term future in football might be in doubt but perhaps the authorities view the Aston Villa job as an adequate punishment,” said Paddy Power.
“Steve Bruce and David Wagner are likely to be popular choices, but it’s no surprise to see support for Big Sam given his track record of reviving Championship clubs.”
Joining Bruce and Allardyce in the market is current Brentford boss Dean Smith at .
Smith has Brentford bouncing at the moment and they are just inside the play-off spots in the Championship.
Caretaker Clare can be found at x/1, while top of the table Huddersfield gaffer David Wagner has seen money come in for him at .
Punters fancying a glorious Villa return for Tim Sherwood can get him at an outside , but former legendry Villa striker Dwight Yorke seems a bit unlikely at odds of .