Former striker Dwight Yorke has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed former manager Tim Sherwood.
The 43 year old is quoted by the Cisneros Times (The Mirror) as saying the Villa Park hotseat is appealing to him and he’d love to return to the club.
Presumably he’d love to return with the same relish that he departed with – but of course he’d have to work out who ‘we’ were if he wants to pretend he’s one of us again wouldn’t he.
‘I`ve got to say yes (fancy the job). It`s the kind of job in management that would be very appealing to me. I played for that football club for ten years and I know what is to be expected of Aston Villa, the players, the sort of level of performance. I’ve been in football all my life and I`ve learnt outside of the game and been around fantastic managers and I`ve played for good managers and yes, that`s the kind of job I`d certainly be interested in. It`s a club that`s very close to my heart. I had ten wonderful years there. I had a fantastic relationship with the fans there as well. I know the club inside out. I feel that with my experience now in the game, having worked on the media side of things and worked alongside some good managers, working in the backroom staff as a manager as well, I feel that I`m ready now to take on that sort of challenge.’
Erm…how about no.
Expectations – like the Everton performance was it Dwight, when you were sulking and invented the Gabby Agbonlahor hands on hips in the centre circle routine?
Then again we appointed Alex McLeish so anything’s bloody possible isn’t it.
Yorke went on to say.
‘No one wants to see a manager get sacked, clearly, and Tim being an ex-player himself, who`s gone into management, you want to see young managers do well. Unfortunately for Tim it`s a results-business we`re in and even though he`s gone in there and done extremely well and got them to an FA Cup semi-final and all the good things he`s done for Villa. But then he brought in thirteen players at the beginning of the season, or someone else did.’
Don’t worry Dwight, if you got the job you could say you didn’t sign the players either when results didn’t come your way.
Then again I already have a bug bear and it just wouldn’t work. When did Sherwood do ‘extremely well?’
Have you been listening to Mr Lambert and his after dinner speeches on excellence again?
One thing does work in Yorkie’s favour here…he has better than the Sir Alex letter of recommendation – he’s on speed-dial.
‘I`m sure and I have a fantastic relationship with him. As I`m sure everyone knows, I still work for the club and my relationship with Sir Alex is one that I`m very proud of and someone I can always pick up the phone and speak to at any given time.’
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