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Saturday 27 December 2014

Martin O'Neill quits: Top contenders to take over at Aston Villa

<b>SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON (11/2)</b><br/> Former England boss Eriksson was linked to the Fulham vacancy following his departure as Ivory Coast coach and is certain to be keen on a return to the Premier League. Did a good job in his one season with Manchester City and would fit the bill if chairman Randy Lerner wants a big-name appointment.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON (11/2)
Former England boss Eriksson was linked to the Fulham vacancy following his departure as Ivory Coast coach and is certain to be keen on a return to the Premier League. Did a good job in his one season with Manchester City and would fit the bill if chairman Randy Lerner wants a big-name appointment.
Dave Jones (9/1)
Still awaiting another chance in the top flight after varying degrees of fortune with Southampton and Wolves. The 53-year-old took Cardiff to the FA Cup final in 2008 and just missed out on promotion with the Bluebirds last season.
GARETH SOUTHGATE (14/1)
The ex- Villa defender has a good reputation in the game and was touted as one of England's brightest young managers when he took the reigns at Middlesbrough. But, although he brought through a number of young players, results tailed off and relegation in 2009 blotted his copybook before his sacking last October.
BOB BRADLEY (4/1)
Bradley has been increasingly linked with a move to England following an impressive four years in charge of USA, including a win over Spain at the Confederations Cup. He took the national team job after success in the MLS and has built a reputation as an astute leader. Fellow American Lerner may fancy a compatriot at the helm.
GIANFRANCO ZOLA (16/1)
Few players have been held in greater affection than the Italian in the Premier League era and he won more friends during his 20 months in charge of West Ham. But results were mixed and question marks remain over his managerial abilities.
ALAN CURBISHLEY (11/2)
Curbishley's failure to land another job following his resignation as West Ham manager in 2008 is something of a mystery given his success with the Hammers and in 15 years at Charlton. A steady hand with more Premier League experience than any of the other contenders, he is also a former Villa player.
SLAVEN BILIC (6/1)
Bilic has won many admirers during his four years in charge of Croatia, particularly during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign that saw him register two wins over England. He could not repeat that in qualifying for the World Cup but is well thought of in England after spells as a player with West Ham and Everton.
MARTIN JOL (4/1)
The former Tottenham boss (above) was Fulham's first choice to replace Roy Hodgson but Ajax refused to play ball. He made his desire to return to England obvious but whether the lure of Villa Park is enough to prompt him to quit the Amsterdam giants, which he refused to do for Fulham, is debatable.

Following Martin O'Neill's shock resignation as Aston Villa manager yesterday, we look at the leading contenders to replace him at Villa Park. -->>

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