Alex McLeish The Shock Favourite In Next Aston Villa Bettingby Mick Bates / 12 June 2011, 21:41Tweet
Alex McLeish has instantly been installed as the bookies favourite in the Next Aston Villa Manager Betting following his shock resignation as manager of Birmingham City. The Scotsman is the latest manager to part ways with a Premier League club in what is proving to be an extremely frantic post-season. The 52-year-old reportedly quit via email, which is sure to infuriate City supporters even further. Whether Aston Villa fans would welcome McLeish as their new boss is a contentious topic, but if the rumours do have any substance and the move did happen, then it would be one of the most controversial switches in recent history.
McLeish's future at Birmingham looked to be in jeopardy at the end of the season after the club were relegated on the final day. However, after discussions the board opted to stick with him for another year on the condition that he would lead them straight back up next season. So, with that said, McLeish's decision to leave the club has come completely out of the blue and as a result has sparked a plethora of rumours that he is about to join Birmingham's fierce local rivals Aston Villa.
McLeish joined Birmingham back in November 2007 and lead them into the Premier League at the end of the 2008/09 season. In their first season back in the top flight the club impressed by finishing in 9th place, but despite winning the Carling Cup back in February, they were unable to show the form of the previous campaign and were relegated on the final day of the 2010/11 season.
Villa have been linked with a catalogue of managers since parting ways with Gerard Houllier at the beginning of June. Mark Hughes, Steve McClaren and Roberto Martinez have all been odd-on favourites at some point or another but now the bookies believe that McLeish is the man to succeed Houllier as Villa boss.