The Birmingham Mail understands that Aston Villa have identified Burnley manager Sean Dyche as a potential managerial target for next season. Ex-Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and former Manchester United manager David Moyes are also said to be under consideration for the role as well.

It is highly likely that Frenchman Remi Garde will no longer be at the helm at Villa Park next season as the club seek a fresh start as they dip down into the second tier of English football. With Dyche’s proven record at that level an understandable pull, the Villa hierarchy will mull over the possibility of approaching him.

With no potential move likely to take place until the season is over, Burnley will be hoping talk over their manager’s future won’t distract players or staff from their quest to leapfrog Aston Villa into the Premier League next season.

Surely promotion into the Premier League with Burnley for the second time would all but seal Dyche’s future at Turf Moor but the proposition of bringing a falling giant such as Aston Villa back from the dead and into the top league once again could be an attractive proposition for him. Nevertheless, he appears to be well at home at Burnley and the situation will become much clearer once the season is over.

Pearson is also proven at this level having gained promotion with Leicester City to get their ball rolling. He has also managed Hull City in the Championship too. His name will keep appearing to be linked with a managerial vacancy until he officially gets a new job it would seem. Earlier this season he was linked to roles such as Queens Park Rangers and Fulham.

44-year-old Dyche has more pressing matters on his hands at the moment. The Clarets sit top of the Championship and travel to fellow promotion rivals Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

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