Dwight Yorke explains why he is the right man for Aston Villa

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The Smiling Assassin thinks a change of approach is needed at Villa Park.

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has thrown his name into the hat for the vacant managerial job at Villa Park.

The 43-year old was speaking on the ‘Alan Brazil Breakfast Show’ on talkSPORT this morning when he suggested he could be the man to drag Villa out of their sticky situation.

“I’ve been involved in football for a very long time and, having played for Aston Villa for ten years, I’ve looked at the club and seen the direction they’re heading in – it’s a dire situation,” said Yorke.

“Aston Villa are supposed to be the biggest club in the Midlands, but they’re nowhere near. They think they are a big club but the reality is that Villa, certainly in the last five or six years, have been deteriorating rapidly and that’s why they’re at the bottom of the table.

“People will say I don’t have any experience, but we’ve seen people with experience go in there and struggle to do a job. I know that club inside out and I’ve looked at the squad, there’s enough in there to get them out in this position and there’s enough time as well.

“It’s whether the owners are prepared to give an aspiring young manager an opportunity,” he added.

The Villa hierarchy called time on Tim Sherwood’s reign after a late collapse handed all three points to Swansea on Saturday.

It’s a result which leaves the Villains in last place, with four points from their first ten games, and is one which has further weakened the club's prospects ahead of a tough run of fixtures.

Spurs, Manchester City and Everton are up next, meaning arresting their current slide will be a tall order for whoever replaces Sherwood and given Yorke’s lack of experience, his appointment would be a risk.

The Tobagonian made his name at Villa – scoring 73 goals in 232 games between 1989 and 1998 – and undoubtedly has an affinity for the club, but whether that is enough to warrant his appointment as manager is another matter entirely.

“Villa need something to really spark them up right now. I spent ten years there, I had a fantastic relationship with the fans there and I just feel when I look around at the managers up for grabs at the moment that they need something a bit more exciting to come in and really lift the place.”

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