Ex-Aston Villa star claims former Celtic boss should be named manager

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Emile Heskey has named the manager who should be appointed at Villa Park.

Villa finally sacked Paul Lambert earlier this week, having endured a torrid season in the Premier League.

A 2-0 loss to Hull City on Tuesday evening saw Villa drop into the relegation places of the league, and their tally of 12 goals scored in 25 games is by far the lowest in the division. Any manager who is approached over becoming the new manager will be faced with an astronomical task to keep the Birmingham-based club in the top flight, and many would suggest that they should already start planning for the Championship next season - with relegation looking remarkably likely.

Tim Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup and Jurgen Klinsmann are some of the favourites to take charge at Villa Park, as per Sky Sports, and all the candidates offer various strengths and weaknesses. There is a wealth of managerial experience in the names listed, but former Villains striker Emile Heskey believes there is one man more suited to the role than any others.

Currently turning out for Bolton in the Championship, the ageing striker - who scored 14 goals in 110 games for Villa - has named current Trotters boss Neil Lennon as the right man for the job. Lennon, who managed Celtic to numerous league successes prior to moving to the Championship, has ‘got what it takes’ to manage Villa, according to Heskey, who gave his opinion to talkSPORT.

The 37-year-old said: “I definitely think he has got what it takes [for Villa]. People forget what he did at Celtic, he had a phenomenal time at Celtic as manger, beating Barcelona in the Champions League.

“He has had a phenomenal career up to now and now he has taken Bolton to another level as well, considering we were low on confidence he brought that back and brought a lot of players in who have enhanced the club.

“He is tailor-made for a big club.”

Considering Lennon only recently arrived at Bolton, it is unlikely he would be looking to leave the club for the Premier League. Even with Villa a larger team, there is a good chance that they will be relegated to the second tier regardless of Lennon’s arrival, and it will be hard for the club to appoint a manager knowing that the Championship is a big possibility for next season.

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