Randy Lerner is teeing up Wigan boss Roberto Martinez as his replacement for sacked manager Alex McLeish at Aston Villa, with Paul Lambert also on the American’s shortlist, according to the Daily Mirror.
The former Birmingham City coach was relieved of his duties on Monday afternoon after a torrid season that saw just seven wins for the Midlands outfit, who eventually finished just two points above the relegation zone.
Spaniard Martinez was hotly tipped to replace Gerard Houllier last summer, but the Latics boss was persuaded to stay on at the DW Stadium just a little longer by owner Dave Whelan.
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But after a fantastic effort to avoid the drop once more by Martinez's side– predominantly by beating the league's top teams en route - Villa are looking to the 38-year-old once more.
Norwich City boss Lambert is also on the club’s radar after taking the Canaries from League One to the top flight in successive seasons and finishing their 2011-12 campaign 11th in the table.
The Carrow Road side, however, are keen to keep hold of their manager and insist that they will fight to make sure that he is at the helm after the summer.