Former Man utd player link with Villa job

Updated: May 18, 2012

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged as a hot contender for the vacant Aston Villa post.

According to rumours Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tipped by bookies in England as one of the favourites to succeed Alex McLeish. Bookmakers in England have emphatically slashed the odds on the Norwegian becoming the next Villa boss.

McLeish was sacked by the Villa board on Monday following an unsatisfactory season that almost saw the club relegated.
After the sacking of McLeish former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was hotly tipped as the favourite to succeed the Scots man. However, since returning back to England Villa Chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner have dismissed these reports linking McCarthy with the job.

It was expected that Villa would also approach Norwich manager Paul Lambert and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez about a possible move to the midlands club. However, club officials are determined to keep these individuals at their respective clubs for another season and will fight off all challenges to attract them elsewhere.

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