By Harry Sykes

Gary Neville is the second favourite to become the new manager of Aston Villa, according to a clip on Radio 5 on Wednesday night.

The Manchester United legend was sacked by Valencia earlier in the day, less than 24 hours after Villa had finally ended the five-month reign of Remi Garde.

Neville released a statement to reveal he did not want to leave the Spanish club but accepted that results in his 28-match tenure had “not been to my standards or to those which are required by this club”.

The abrupt end to the 41-year-old part-time England assistant coach’s first job in management is widely regarded as a blow to the coaching community in the UK.

But Villa are searching for a new manager as they prepare for seemingly inevitable relegation to the Championship next season and Neville could be in the running for the Midlands post.

“Gary Neville is probably second favourite, after David Moyes, for the job now,” Times football writer Henry Winter told Radio 5 on Wednesday night. “So there are people in football who still think Neville has a future in management”.

Neville, who left a lucrative pundit’s job with Sky Sports to take the reins at Valencia in early December, has spoken of his desire to continue in management.

In other Aston Villa news, former club owner Doug Ellis has revealed how Garde chased him to his car in the stadium car park for his views.