Odds dramatically shortened amid rumours former Manchester United manager wants Aston Villa job

By Coral Barry

David Moyes have been the big overnight mover in the bookmaker’s odds for the next Aston Villa manager amid rumours he has told the Midlands club he wants the job.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss is now the second favourite to replace the under-fire Remi Garde, with Paddy Power installing him at 2/1 behind frontrunner Nigel Pearson.

Moyes was barely in the picture on Wednesday when Football Insider revealed Pearson was the bookmakers’ top choice at 4/6.

A string of media outlets on Thursday morning reported that Moyes has told friends he is keen on the Villa post and the bookmakers have responded in kind.

Former Leicester manager Pearson is still the favourite and is now at evens for the job, but Moyes’ odds have tumbled dramatically in less than 24 hours.

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A report on Monday stated that Garde was to be told of his impending dismissal on Tuesday in a meeting with chairman Steve Hollis but no announcement has been made.

Villa are currently rock bottom of the table and a full 12 points from safety.

Moyes has not been in work since being axed as head coach of Spanish club Real Sociedad in November.

The Scotsman’s dismissal was his second in just 18 months after being sacked from United just ten months into succeeding departed legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Frontrunner: Bookies still think Pearson is the most likely to replace Garde

However Moyes has had plenty of positives in his career with a fantastically successful 11 year spell at Everton.

In that time Moyes transformed Everton from a relegation-battling club in 2002 into top four contenders three years later.

In 2005 the 52-year-old steered the Toffees to fourth spot, pipping local rivals Liverpool to the final Champions League spot.

An FA Cup final was to follow in 2009, although Chelsea were to crush Everton hearts with a 2-1 victory.

Moyes made Everton into a stable Premier League club on a very tight budget and could be the perfect long-term solution to rebuilding Villa from the Championship up.

In other Villa news, the club is closing in on the ‘next Gareth Bale’ and hope to announce a deal soon.