Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the latest name in the frame as Remi Garde’s potential replacement in the Aston Villa hot seat.
Villa are believed to be on the verge of parting company with Garde, who has endured a torrid time in charge since replacing Tim Sherwood in early November with just two wins so far during his tenure.
Villa currently sit 12 points from safety with just seven games remaining and will almost certainly be playing in the Championship next season.
As a result Villa are already looking for Garde’s replacement as reports claim he will depart as soon as the club can agree an exit package.
Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Everton and Manchester United chief David Moyes, who are both out of work, have been heavily linked with the job so far.
However, it appears 44-year-old Dyche, who has vast experience of the Championship and looks set to guide Burnley to their second automatic promotion to the Premier League in the space of three seasons, has alerted the Villa hierarchy.
The main obstacle would be trying to entice Dyche away from Turf Moor as he will no doubt be keen to stay on and keep the Clarets in the Premier League for more than one season, having narrowly failed to do so in 2014-15.
But the lure of getting a big club like Villa back into the top flight could be too tempting to turn down.