Former Olympique Lyonnais boss Remi Garde is the favourite to become the new manager at Aston Villa following Tim Sherwood's sacking on Sunday.
Sherwood was relieved of his duties after seeing the West Midlands side lose 2-1 at home to Swansea City on Saturday. And 49-year-old Garde has been in talks to join the host of top coaches in the Barclays Premier League, according to the Mirror.
The Frenchman has been on a break from management since leaving Lyon on his own terms in 2014. Despite not having any managerial experience in England, as a player he joined Arsenal from Strasbourg 19 years ago - serving in Arsene Wenger's 1997/98 title-winning side - before retiring at the club in 1999.
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Gus Poyet, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Nigel Pearson are also on the shortlist, all of whom have been sacked from Premier League posts within the last two years.
With 146 Ligue 1 appearances as a player for Lyon, Garde returned to the club as the assistant manager before taking over from then manager Claude Puel in 2011. He led his side to French Cup success in his first year in charge, but left three years later due to personal reasons.
He will already be familiar with several Villa players; Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gueye were all signed from Ligue 1 clubs.
One stumbling block with this appointment lies with the backroom staff Garde is trying to bring with him. His coaching team at Lyon are still under contract at the French club and Villa have reportedly seen their efforts to contact the coaches blocked by the Ligue 1 side.
In the meantime, assistant Kevin MacDonald will act as caretaker manager for Villa’s midweek League Cup match against Southampton, with their next Premier League match on Monday at Tottenham Hotspur.