David Moyes has emerged as the new favourite to land the vacant managerial role at Aston Villa, according to The Express.

The 55-year-old has yet to return to management following his departure from West Ham United in May 2018, but could be set to arrive in the Midlands.

Villa axed Steve Bruce on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the former Sunderland boss had been struck with a cabbage by an incensed supporter. The incident was symbolic of the 57-year-old’s declining popularity at Villa Park and the search for a replacement is now underway.

Several figures have emerged as potential heirs to Bruce’s throne, including former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez. Brentford boss Dean Smith is also said to be among the club’s targets, but recently dismissed reports linking him to the role as ‘speculation’. Former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has also thrown his hat in the ring, expressing a keen interest in replacing Bruce and questioning the coaching credentials of fellow contender, Thierry Henry:

 “Absolutely I would, it’s a fabulous club, of course I would. But he’s only just gone today and I’ve been sat doing this, so I haven’t had my CV put in anyway. But I would do, it’s a great club.

“He shouldn’t be the favourite in front of me, let me tell you that. No way. I’m sorry, but I’m blowing me own trumpet there.”

Five years ago, Moyes was handed the reigns at Manchester United after eleven years with Everton. However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s boots proved too big to fill and he was dismissed after just ten months in charge. Spells with Real Sociedad and Sunderland followed but failed to yield success. He then took over as manager of West Ham and successfully helped the Hammers beat the drop with two games of the 2017/18 campaign remaining.

In the meantime, former Liverpool and Leicester City midfielder Kevin MacDonald will take over managerial duties on a temporary basis. He will be in the dugout when the Villains lock horns with lowly Millwall tomorrow.