Henry, Allardyce, Smith and McCarthy in the mix to replace sacked Bruce at Aston Villa

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 October 2018, 16:46

Steve Bruce has been sacked for the first time in 18 years after Aston Villa decided to pull the plug following Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw against Preston.

The bookmakers have wasted no time in opening up the Next Aston Villa Manager Market with a whole host of names in the frame at this early stage in proceedings.

Brentford boss Dean Smith currently tops the pile, ahead of veteran gaffer Sam Allardyce (shock), and Belgium coach Thierry Henry who was hotly linked with Villa in the summer.

Mick McCarthy’s name is in the mix, as are Alan Pardew, Nigel Pearson, Carlos Carvalhal and David Moyes.

Bruce, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo two years ago, has paid the price for a poor start to the season, with Villa 12th in the Championship after picking up only 15 points from their opening 11 league matches.

Villa reached last season’s play-off final under Bruce, but suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Fulham, and their failure to bounce back has resulted in the club opening up the search for a new manager for the first time since October 2016.

Former Birmingham boss Bruce leaves Villa with a record of 46 wins, 25 draws and 31 defeats from 102 matches in all competitions, while he won only one of his final 10 games at the helm.

The Villans are next in action against a struggling Millwall side who have picked up just one win and six points to date, a rotten run which leaves Neil Harris’ men 22nd in the table.

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