By Harry Sykes
Mick McCarthy has been added to Aston Villa’s manager shortlist, according to a report.
The experienced coach, who is currently Ipswich boss, is said to be interesting the Villa board because of his proven track record in the Championship, where he has led both Sunderland and Wolves to promotion.
Villa are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Remi Garde earlier this week in the wake of a wretched run of results that leaves the club facing inevitable relegation from the Premier League.
According to the Mail, Villa have added McCarthy to their shortlist of prospective new managers in the belief that he would be interested in taking over next season.
David Moyes, Nigel Pearson, Sean Dyche and Gary Neville have all been strongly linked with the post at the Midlands giants.
McCarthy, who has also previously managed the Republic of Ireland, is seen as a safe pair of hands by the new-look Villa board which includes former FA chief David Bernstein and ex-manager Brian Little.
The 57-year-old former centre-back has impressed at Ipswich, who are currently eighth in the table despite having one of the smaller budgets in the division.
But owner Randy Lerner will want to consider his options carefully before making the final decision with Villa stranded at the bottom of the Premier League and preparing for life in the Championship.