Date: 30th October 2015 at 4:01pm
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Here’s a link I didn’t expect to see today, Aston Villa are being linked in the press with a move for Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson.

Sky Sports have us linked to the 35 year old but in his opinion it’s all ‘paper talk’ and just a reflection on how he’s done since taking over at the club.

For those who don’t know, having been relegated to the Scottish Championship, last season he took them up as Champions and they haven’t had a bad start to life back in the Scottish Premiership either and the bookies have him as 20/1 as Tim Sherwood’s replacement.

Some may remember him from his playing days at Leicester City.

‘It’s just paper talk. These things happen when people move on from different clubs, there is always talk. But my sole focus is here at Hearts. I’ve still got a huge job to do and it’s something I am really enjoying. It’s more testament to the players and the club, to be honest, than myself. The club has come on so much in the last 18 months and it’s continuing to grow but we still have a long way to go and I want to be part of it.’

In other news we have quotes from former assistant manager Ray Wilkins and he expresses his surprise at us going for Remi Garde given his lack of Premier League experience, but he was full of praise for the coaching staff at Villa and if we have offered Garde the job – given the press rumblings about him wanting his own backroom boys – Wilkins said he should place his faith in the lads we already have.

He also said he expected Tim Sherwood to go on to be a great manager in the future.

‘If they`re going to release Tim then bring in someone with the utmost experience of the league and the job. The talk is that he`s very good with young players. It`s important you bring your own people in but if he really wants the job then don`t look too far past your nose. The people he’s got at Villa, Kevin MacDonald, Gordon Cowans and Stuart Taylor, are fantastic coaches. If he really wants to do it, then go in and do it and utilise these guys because they are first class.’

As for Sherwood, he added.

‘I would have to say having had the pleasure of working with so many top coaches at Chelsea, Tim has a lot of the same qualities as these guys. I feel he will become an exceptional manager. He has the right man-management skills and he coaches very well – he`s always on the pitch coaching. It`s a great shame it ended as it ended, but it is a results game and we weren`t able to get the results required.’

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