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8th Oct, 2016 | 12:39pm

Odds slashed: Twist as PL manager in running for Aston Villa post

By Amir Mir

A leading bookmaker has significantly dropped Burnley manager Sean Dyche’s odds to take over the vacant managerial post at Aston Villa.

William Hill have priced the Premier League manager at 8/1 on Saturday afternoon, with the highly-rated coach previously being offered odds of 33/1 by the same bookmaker earlier this week.

Steve Bruce remains the bookies’ favourite to take over the reigns at Villa Park, with William Hill offering odds of 1/3.

Nonetheless, Dyche was reportedly on the ten-man shortlist listed by Villa chiefs of various candidates who could possibly replace the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.

Dyche led Burnley to the Premier League last season by winning the Championship, having recorded 93 points over the season, four more points than automatic winners Middlesbrough.

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This season the Englishman has guided the Turf Moor club to 14th in the Premier League table, with seven points from seven games and two wins to their name.

Caretaker boss Steve Clarke is currently in charge of the Villa Park club, with the Scotsman also in the frame for the permanent job.

Villa host Midlands rivals Wolves after the international break, as the claret & blue outfit search for their second win of the season, as they languish in 19th place with ten points from 11 games.

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