Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is one of the names linked with taking over at Aston Villa should Tim Sherwood fail to turn the tide at the West Midlands club.
According to the Mirror, the ex-Tottenham boss must pick up three points from his next two matches against Chelsea and Swansea or he will be sacked.
Having lost six of his last seven league games in charge, pressure has mounted significantly following a positive opening to the season in which Villa beat Bournemouth 1-0.
An away trip to Chelsea will come as Sherwood’s first bite of the cherry, in what is still going to be a hugely difficult game, even if Jose Mourinho is being scrutinised for his side’s shambolic opening to the campaign.
The Mirror point out that a number of managers are currently out of work but a link between Rodgers and Villa’s director of recruitment, Paddy Reilly, who worked with Rodgers at Anfield, could become a factor in deciding the next successor, should Sherwood be shown the door.
Rodgers has far from excelled this season with the Reds but he still proved at times during his Anfield reign that he has the ability to bring the best out of the players he’s got.
Whether it’s Sherwood or someone else in charge however, the task at hand is about as difficult as they come. Beyond the aforementioned Chelsea and Swansea games, Villa must play Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton, three games not many can see this current Villa side coming out on top in.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena