Far-fetched or feasible? Bookies are taking bets on Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder replacing Steve Bruce at Aston Villa 

After a poor start to the league campaign, days of speculation and a cabbage thrown by their own fans, Aston Villa finally relieved manager Steve Bruce of his duties yesterday.

Naturally speculation has already begun over who will replace Bruce at Villa Park as they look to improve on their current position of 13th in the table.

Chris Wilder and Steve Bruce

Chris Wilder and Steve Bruce

So far, the bookies favourite is Dean Smith but Thierry Henry, Paulo Fonseca and ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal are all in the running.

A surprising name on the Sky Bet long-list is Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder who, along with Derek McInnes, Lee Johnson, Michael Appleton and Sean Dyche, has odds of 28/1 of becoming the next permanent manager.

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Something tells us that the probability of Wilder swapping the Steel City for the Second City is much less likely than 28/1 – and the fact that former Villa manager Tim Sherwood also has the same odds should deter punters from losing money on the Blades boss.

Here are the rest of Sky Bet’s odds to replace Bruce as Villa manager:

Dean Smith 2/1

Paulo Fonseca 11/4

Thierry Henry 4/1

John Terry 11/2

Brendan Rodgers 8/1

Carlos Carvalhal 12/1

Abel Ferreira 20/1

Quique Sanchez Flores 20/1

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Sam Allardyce 20/1

Sami Hyypia 20/1

Alan Pardew 25/1

Claudio Ranieri 25/1

David Moyes 25/1