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Eight days ago Aston Villa dispensed with the services of manager Roberto Di Matteo after just a few games in charge. It’s nothing new at Villa; whoever gets the job next will be their eighth permanent manager since Martin O’Neill left at the end of the 2009/10 season.

Now in the Championship, playing below the top flight for the first time since 1988, it was not a departure that concerned me too much, if at all. It was just a case of one more as managers started to come and go after a quiet start to the season.

For those with a passing interest it looked as though Steve Bruce would get the job. He was immediately installed as favourite and at one point I’m sure I saw him at 1/8 with our boss Sean Dyche down the list at something like 25/1.

That’s all changed today but is it really a worry? In terms of the Aston Villa job, he’s now, with Sky Bet, 6/4 with Bruce 8/13 and significantly he’s shot up from being one of the outsiders but now the clear favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job, pushing Slaven Bilic out of top spot.

What does it mean? It doesn’t mean anything necessarily. I would assume Villa would be interested in taking him given his record as a manager and I would imagine there will have been a few bets placed on him, several from desperate Villa fans who now see their club close to the relegation positions in the Championship.

Would Sean be interested in Villa? I think we all know that geographically it would be a much better place for him to work than Burnley, and the same could be said for his assistant Ian Woan. But, he’s also currently managing in the Premier League and, as things stand, remaining at Burnley would certain give him a much better opportunity of managing in the Premier League next season than a move to Villa would.

Presumably Villa will now be targeting a return to the top flight in 2018, by then, given their record, they could well have changed manager another two or three times so whoever gets it this time might well be unlikely to be there by the time they do go back up.

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