Football journalist Gregg Evans has revealed that Aston Villa ‘definitely’ want to appoint a new manager before their next Premier League game.
With Dean Smith recently losing his job as head coach, Villa are now on the hunt for a replacement. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been linked with the role, as has Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Whoever it is that ends up getting the job, Evans has claimed that they will be being offered the position before the Villans take on Brighton in their first league match after the international break.
Indeed, while discussing the matter on the 1874 podcast, the Athletic reporter claimed that they would ‘ideally’ get it sorted before the end of next week.
He said: “It’s my understanding that Villa wanted to appoint a new manager definitely before the Brighton game – ideally before the end of next week. So we shall see how that develops.”
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Last season under Dean Smith, the Villans achieved a strong league finish of 11th place. 11 games into the current campaign, beating this target already looks in jeopardy with the club only two places and two points above the relegation zone.
Clearly, Villa’s hierarchy want to appoint someone who can take the club further up the table. The longer this person has to settle in, the more of a chance they will have to reach their goals.
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With this in mind, it makes a fair amount of sense for the Midlands side to be looking to make an appointment as soon as possible. However, they must be wary of rushing the decision and hiring the wrong individual.
With plenty of time before domestic football returns, though, there should be no reason for the board to panic over any final call just yet.