Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he would consider a coaching role at Aston Villa if it were offered to him by new manager Tim Sherwood.
Although Keown says that he is enjoying his media commitments at the moment, he admits that the chance to play a more hands-on role again would be an appealing one.
"I don't think you should ever say never," he responded when asked whether he would take a Villa coaching role in one of his weekly 'TackleKeown' sessions. "If someone wants to offer you the chance to go back in the game you have to look at it.
"I always envisaged I would go back, but the longer it goes on the less likely it seems. I couldn’t fit it in now, with all my media work. the choice would have to be made. But I wouldn't dismiss it.
"I was with Villa in the 80s and we were relegated in my first season. It’s a huge club with a huge history. If the call came, I’d think about it."
Sherwood was only appointed as Villa manager last week, but he has already begun to make wholesale changes to the backroom staff at the Midlands side.
Villa parted ways with Scott Marshall this week, meaning that goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall is the only member of Paul Lambert's coaching team who remains at the club.
Sherwood has brought in Mark Robson and Seamus Brady to work alongside him so far and it seems that more arrivals will occur in the future.
Whether one of those will be Keown remains to be seen, but Sherwood may wish to consider it now that the ex-Gunner has seemingly admitted he would be interested.
Keown has coached at Arsenal whilst studying for his badges and his experience of playing at the top level could be considered vital by Sherwood.