By Chris Wright
First we all thought Mark Hughes was a shoe-in, then came the swiftly kiboshed whispers that Carlo Ancelotti was favourite for the job, then Schteve McClaren was ruled in and swiftly ruled out again quicker than you can say ‘Croatia on a wet Wednesday’ (apparently he was told by Villa execs that he would be ‘wasting his time’ by attending an interview – harsh), then rumours began spreading that Rafa Benitez was all but set to step in – but you can forget all that baloney, for it now looks like the man Aston Villa want to replace Gerard Houllier is none other than Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan told the Daily Telegraph:
“Aston Villa have acted above board and in a totally professional manner. They wrote to me