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  • on 09.06.2011
  • at 11:14 AM
  • by KT

Martinez favourite to take the Villa hotseat | Next Aston Villa Manager betting

Roberto Martinez is being lined up to take over at Villa Park following the resignation of Gerard Houllier last week due to a health scare.

Randy Lerner made his approach to the young Spanish manager after ruling out a number of high-profile names earlier in the week.

The betting markets have seen a number of big moves since the position became available: first Mark Hughes looked a shoe-in following his surprise departure from Craven Cottage. Then came Carlo Ancelotti, Steve McClaren, Owen Coyle and even Rafael Benitez who was red-hot favourite yesterday (backed in from 16/1 into Evs). But talks appeared to break down yesterday evening, with transfer kitty (or lack of) the likely reason.

Roberto Martinez is now 11/8 with bet365, though is as short as 4/7 in places. Surely the job is his should he want it?

A statement was released by the Villa Chief Exec Paul Faulkner this morning which read: “The club is conscious of the keen interest in developments over the appointment of our new manager.

“When the process has reached an appropriate point we can assure our fans that we will be clear and forthright.

“We are focused right now on trying to secure the best candidate who will complement the club’s commitment to being true to our heritage, competitiveness and passionate fan base.

“Until such time as the process is more advanced, there will be no further official comment.”

Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan has a great relationship with his manager and has given the 37-year-old his blessing should he decide to move on from the DW Stadium.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Whelan said, “Aston Villa have acted above board and in a totally professional manner.

“They wrote to me asking for permission to speak to Roberto. He was on holiday at the time and I granted Villa permission.

“I have never let him down on anything and he has never let me down. I know I can never say never in football, but I would be very surprised if he is Aston Villa’s new manager.”

“He arrived back yesterday and I presume he has spoken to Villa. I have made it clear to him I will be extending his contract.

“I have never let him down on anything and he has never let me down. I know I can never say never in football, but I would be very surprised if he is Aston Villa’s new manager.”

If Martinez does take on the Villa job, Dave Whelan will be keen to keep hold of some of his young stars and prevent them following Martinez down the M6, namely James McCarthy, Momo Diame and Hugo Rodellaga.

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