After over six months out of a job, former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes could be set for a return to football with relegated Aston Villa.
As one Alex Ferguson successor is set to be fired today, another could be back in gainful employment in the coming days.
Moyes has been out of the game since being sacked by La Liga side Real Sociedad last November, but has met with new Aston Villa owner Tony Xia about potentially succeeding Rémi Garde and navigating the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
Villa have been without a permanent manager since sacking Garde back in March, and before Xia’s takeover it was widely assumed that former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson would be succeeding the Frenchman.
The recent transfer of power from Randy Lerner complicated matters, however, and the new owner was believed to favour 2012 Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo as his preferred choice.
But with Di Matteo now believed to be a leading candidate for the Lazio job, Xia’s attention has shifted to Moyes, according to a report in the Telegraph.
The report alleges that Moyes has already met with the new Villa owners, and would be interested in taking the post, but would need assurances regarding the club’s summer transfer budget and current state of the club’s stability, especially given the fact that the takeover is still subject to Football League clearance.
Should Moyes take the job, it would be the first time he has managed outside of a top division since he was manager of Preston North End at the early part of this century, whom he lead to the Championship (then Division One) back in 2000.
The club hopes to have an appointment in place by the weekend – be it Moyes or whomever else – but Villa fans will be hoping that, after years of misery, this could be the start of a new era for the 1982 European Cup winners.