ASTON VILLA could try and make Thomas Tuchel their next manager if they sack Steven Gerrard, according to reports.
The former Rangers manager is under pressure at Villa Park after picking up just two wins from 10 games this season.
Fans chanted for Gerrard to be axed after Villa’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and booed him following Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea.
There is growing speculation he could be sacked if he fails to pick up results against Fulham and Brentford this week.
There were even reports that he had already been dismissed – but Villa shut these down as ‘complete lies’.
Despite that, several names are being tipped to succeed Gerrard with Villa eyeing former Chelsea boss Tuchel, report The Telegraph.
The German is out of work after leaving Stamford Bridge last month, and he rejected the chance to return to management with Bayer Leverkusen.
Villa would be aware it would be an ambitious effort to try and tempt Tuchel to join and because of that he is not first choice, according to the report.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the man at the top of Villa’s wishlist, it’s claimed.
The Argentine has been linked with several Premier League clubs in recent months including Chelsea and Manchester United.
He is also out of work after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer but may not be keen on joining Villa.
SunSport understands that Pochettino would need serious persuasion to take the job and wants to manage an elite club challenging for trophies.
But co-owner Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have huge ambitions for Villa and look set to try and tempt Pochettino in their quest for European football.
Failing that, the club could reportedly make a move for former Arsenal chief Unai Emery, who is manager of Villarreal.
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