Dwight Yorke explains what Sir Alex Ferguson told him about taking Aston Villa job

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is allegedly backing Dwight Yorke to be the next Aston Villa manager.

Former Aston Villa star Dwight Yorke has told The Sun that he has had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson over replacing Tim Sherwood at Villa Park.

Sherwood lost his job as Villa boss on Sunday afternoon, having seen his side lose 2-1 at home to Swansea City less than 24 hours earlier.

Now, the search is on for a new manager, but it appears that Villa won't have a new face in the dugout for their trip to face Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.

A number of managers are no doubt interested in the role, given that they would have the opportunity to revitalise one of England's sleeping giants - even though Villa are bottom of the Premier League table having won just once so far this season.

One former player particularly interested in the role is ex-Villa striker Dwight Yorke, who hit 92 goals for Villa in just over nine years at the club during the 1990's.

The former Trinidad and Tobago international moved on to Manchester United, but having finished his playing career some time ago, the 43-year-old is now looking to take his first steps in to management - and he wants the Villa job.

Yorke has told The Sun that he has done his coaching badges and believes he should be given a chance to impress despite having no managerial experience, and even added that he spoke to his former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about the prospect of taking the job, with Ferguson telling him that he is ready to be a Premier League manager.

"Sir Alex has spoken to me and given me his backing, he believes I can do it," said Yorke. "Despite him releasing me from United, we have always remained on good terms and I am an ambassador for the club. If I was such the bad boy people have made out, I am sure that would not be the case."

"I have done all my coaching badges at Manchester United and St George’s Park. I’m convinced I could guide Villa up the table," he added.

It would be a real gamble for Villa to appoint Yorke considering their precarious situation in the relegation zone, but it's certainly clear that he feels passionate about his former club - and having an endorsement from one of the greatest managers in the history of football can't hurt his chances of shocking the world and landing the Villa job.

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