Following the shock resignation of Martin O'Neill less than a week before the start of the new Premiership season, Aston Villa have been thrown into disarray.
Whatever the reason for the decision—the sale of James Milner to Manchester City, suggestions that Ashley Young is to be sold to Tottenham, or a lack of funds have all been put forward—Randy Lerner has a very important decision to make and very little time to do so.
He will be looking to have a new manager in place before the game with West Ham on Saturday, giving the new man the opportunity to make his moves in the transfer window and work with the team before the first game.
There are a number of candidates for the role. The club has finished in the top six of the Premiership for each of the last three seasons and is clearly an attractive prospect for any manager looking for a new job.