Jamie Carragher believes would represent an ideal candidate to replace Steven Gerrard following ’s decision to sack the Liverpool legend.
The former England captain was dismissed in the immediate aftermath of Villa’s shocking 3-0 defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage last night and was forced to suffer the ignominy of traveling back to the Midlands on the team bus shortly after being relieved of his position.
Gerrard leaves Villa with the club, who invested heavily in new playing talent over the summer, in a precarious position level on points with 18th placed Wolves after just two wins in their opening 11 games of the Premier League season.
Villa’s ambitious owners have big plans for one of English football’s sleeping giants and were never likely to settle for another campaign of fighting to preserve top flight status.
As such, Villa are targeting manager with a proven track record including the likes of Thomas Tuchel, recently sacked by Chelsea, Brentford’s Thomas Frank and former Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
Pochettino, however, appears to be the early frontrunner given his availability following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Reacting to Gerrard’s departure and Villa’s hopes of the tempting ex-Spurs boss, Carragher told Sky Sports: ‘Any football club has got to be ambitious.
‘Over the last few weeks I keep hearing how ambitious the football club are and that’s why there was more pressure coming on Stevie in the role that he was in.
‘But the names that you’ve mentioned, I think Pochettino would be a great manager, he is a great manager and I think he’d be a top appointment for Aston Villa.
‘You look where Villa are in the table now and Pochettino has just come out of PSG coaching Mbappe and Messi.
‘I’m sure he’d want to be at that level coaching in the Champions League bit if Villa could get that over the line I think that would be a fantastic appointment.’
Gerrard, meanwhile, had vowed to fight on in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic defeat in west London last night, but the die was already cast.
Carragher added: ‘It’s the same for every manager really, results. I don’t think it was too much of a shock that the news came out after you saw the reaction of the Villa fans to the result and the performance.
It was just whether the Aston Villa board would let him take the game on Sunday because it’s so close around the corner against Brentford but I think the reaction from the fans the crowd might be toxic and better for all parties to part ways.
I do for most manager when they lose their jobs, they put so much into it. The players, every manager knows, if they’re not performing at their best it’s the manager who carry the can. Stevie is aware of that.
‘He might be disappointed at certain individuals so as I said when you got into management you know the price on the ticket.
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