In the aftermath of another sacking at Aston Villa with the Frenchman Remi Garde shown the door yesterday, the big question is: which direction do the club go in now? The midlands side are heading for the Championship, a unappealing prospect for any club of their stature but more worryingly they also seem to be lacking any kind of identity.
They are currently a team that is far too easy to beat, that lacks the killer fight required to dig themselves out of a hole. Managers that love nothing more than a scrap such as Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce are engaged with their current clubs, but there are a couple of other options who are still available.
Nigel Pearson is one manager who has been mentioned and has extensive experience in the championship. He also has that hardened edge which can work both ways, as was seen during his time at Leicester. To some observers, the Foxes' incredible turnaround isn't entirely down to Claudio Ranieri managerial skills but also the work ethic that Pearson instilled into the squad in the second half of last season.
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There is another alternative in David Moyes. The name may not hold the same level of weight due to his ill-fated stints at Man United and Real Sociedad, but for a club like Villa - in desperate need of a quick bounce back - his appointment could be like a gift from the gods.
When Moyes was appointed as manager of Everton in 2002 after a distinguished spell in charge of Preston North End, the Merseyside club were in dire straights, hovering around the relegation zone. After saving the club from that fate, he managed to mould the Blues into his own gritty, hard working style and Everton became a regular fixture in the top six of the Premier League.
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In all honesty, Moyes' teams were not what you would describe 'easy on the eye' however beggars can't be choosers for a club in Villa precarious position. They could easily become another Leeds and rot in the lower leagues for many years if the right decisions are not made.
The stigma from Moyes' spell at Old Trafford are put into context by the troubles that his successor Louis van Gaal has had. He took the brave decision to leave his comfy Goodison Park seat and replace Sir Alex Ferguson which was really a no-win situation.
Villa similarly need to be brave and make a call on what direction they are heading. To a outsider, Villa would be put in the 'too hard' basket but managers are strange beasts. Moyes could see this as an exciting challenge to resurrect a club's fortunes at their lowest ebb. The ball is well and truly in the court of the decision makers at Aston Villa.
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