Alex McLeish has gone, we can all breath a sigh of relief. But now the board must make the correct appointment in order to steady the rudderless ship at Villa Park.
It seemed, at least for a while, that Ole Gunnar Solskjær was in line for the job. Following meetings with Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner in Birmingham, all signs pointed to the Norwegian becoming the new man in charge.
His potential appointment stirred the imaginations of the vast majority of Villa fans, and provided hope after one of the bleakest seasons in the club's history.
However, for whatever reason, it never came to be. Whether you believe Solskjær's assertions that he was loath to relocate his family, or if you choose to indulge yourself in the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding his withdrawal, there can be little doubt that the baby-faced assassin was in line to be the next manager of Aston Villa.
With that disappointment out of the way, let's take a look at the other potential candidates for the Villa Park vacancy.