Date: 10th October 2018 at 11:46am
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The new favourite for the Aston Villa job, Rui Faria, messaged the Villa players ahead of their loss to Millwall on Saturday, according to the Sun.

After Thierry Henry rejected the job, Faria has been installed as the new favourite to take over from Steve Bruce at Villa Park.

And the Sun claims he’s already contacted the players with his first introductions, with John Terry possibly set to join him as his number two.

The 43-year-old has spent 17 years with Man United manager Jose Mourinho before quitting his role in May.

As well as sending a message of good luck to the players, Faria watched the game and sent a scout to run the rule over the players.

OPINION

After Henry rejected the role, the media has been scrambling to install the new favourite. It was John Terry but there’s been a big market shift this morning towards Faria who is now the odds-on favourite. John Terry has slipped right back to 8/1 after it was said that he would be the number two under the 43-year-old. But we still think there’s more drama to come in this one. Brentford manager Dean Smith is also priced at very short odds by some of the UK’s leading bookmakers and until the new man is confirmed, anything can happen. Remember that Henry was as short as 1/8 to take the job a couple of days ago. That made him an almost cert as far as the bookmakers were concerned. However, one way or another, we expect this to be sorted out by the weekend. Villa fans are in two minds about Faria but Henry was their number one choice and he’s gone.