Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is emerging as a favourite to take over at Aston Villa.
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Norwich manager Paul Lambert has also been linked with the vacancy, as has Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, but a rush of bets this afternoon has seen McCarthy installed as the favourite with some bookmakers.
Manager Alex McLeish was sacked yesterday after Villa finished 16th, just two points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
It was the club’s worst league finish in six years and their lowest points total in 42 years.
Today the club’s chief executive Paul Fletcher said Aston Villa’s season verged on the disastrous.
“I suppose a disaster would have been getting relegated but this was too close for comfort,” Faulkner told BBC Radio Five Live.
McLeish lasted just one season, and was up against it from the start having previously worked for Villa’s bitter rivals Birmingham – who he took down last year.
But Faulkner felt it was performances on the pitch which meant McLeish never won over his critics.
“It is all connected to results, it all goes hand in hand,” he added.
“I think the fans’ feelings were because of our results, which were not good enough.
“Like all fans of any club they were going to make their feelings known. This is the worst year that Villa has had in a generation. There are a whole group of fans who have never known it this bad for Villa so I am not surprised (by their reaction) at all.”