Wagner challenges Bruce to be next Villa manager

Huddersfield manager David Wagner has shortened to 2/1 to become the next Aston Villa manager.

Wagner challenges Bruce to be next Villa manager

Steve Bruce appeared to be the main man for the Aston Villa job but a flurry of bets on Tuesday has seen David Wagner get drawn in to the frame.

The current Huddersfield manager has impressed since taking charge of the Terriers and has led them to the top of the Championship.

After starting at 14/1 with SkyBet at the beginning of Monday, Wagner is now 2/1 to be appointed Villa boss. Persuading him to leave The John Smith's Stadium will be a task many Huddersfield fans hope Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia will be unable to do.

According to reports Bruce is now believed to be second choice behind Wagner. Bruce is expected to accept the role if offered it by Villa with the England job looking increasingly out of reach. His odds have drifted to 10/1 after being 6/4 with Paddy Power following Allardyce's departure.

Aside from Wagner and Bruce, Ladbrokes is the only bookmaker who seems to have shortened its price on Ryan Giggs as the next Villa manager. After being overlooked by Swansea he is 6/1 despite being as big as 16/1 with a number of other bookmakers.

A big move on Monday saw Dean Smith shorten to 3/1 from 20/1 with SkyBet but he has since drifted after Brentford appeared unconcerned by the rumours.

Despite Bruce having managed Villa's rivals Birmingham for six years, our poll suggests many do believe he is well suited to take the helm at Villa Park.