Dwight Yorke has surprisingly put his name forward to replace Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager.
Sherwood was sacked on Sunday morning following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City, with Frenchman Remi Garde and former Everton boss David Moyes tipped to be in the running to replace him.
But few expected Yorke to be in contention. The former Trinidad and Tobago striker enjoyed almost a decade at Villa Park as a player, and has experience of being player-manager with his country at international level.
Yorke, 43, told beIN Sports:
I’ve got to say yes (I do 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.
A member of Manchester United’s historic treble winning side, Yorke’s lack of managerial experience could count against him, with owner Randy Lerner keen on selling the club, and well aware that his asset will be severely depreciated should they find themselves in The Championship next season.
The club currently sit bottom of the Premier League with just four points from 10 games.