McClaren favourite for Villa post

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Former England manager Steve McClaren is the new bookmakers favourite to take over as the new manager of Aston Villa.

The 50-year-old has had spells at FC Twente, where he won the club's first ever league title, and at Wolfsburg, where he was sacked mid-way through the season.

And with Martin Jol now seemingly out of the running and Mark Hughes distancing himself from the job, McClaren has emerged as the front-runner.


Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle, Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez and former Liverpool man Rafa Benitez are also in contention.

Hughes was quick to distance himself from the role upon quitting his job with Fulham but remains second favourite behind McClaren, who had spells with Derby County and Manchester United as assistant manager.

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