The Scot took temporary charge of the club for the second time on Sunday following Tim Sherwood's sacking.
Speaking to Aston Villa’s official website, team captain Micah Richards has hailed the job caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has done since stepping into the role following Tim Sherwood’s sacking on Sunday.
MacDonald, who is in his second spell as caretaker after bridging the gap between Martin O’Neill and Gerard Houllier in 2010, oversaw the first game of the post-Sherwood era on Wednesday night when Villa faced Southampton at St Mary’s in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, and while his side fell to a 2-1 defeat, their performance offered plenty of positives.
Former Lyon manager Remi Garde remains the favourite to take over, but with talks said to be stalling over his desire to bring two members of his old backroom staff with him to England [h/t The Guardian], the interim boss is expected to still be in charge for Monday night’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Richards would have no problems with that scenario, however, and has nothing but praise for the fan favourite coach, whose original 17-year-old association with Villa ended in June 2012 before he was brought back to the club by Sherwood last February.
“He's Villa through and through,” said Richards. “He's been great since he's come in. He knows so much about the club. He's put on good training sessions. He's good around the place.
“The lads want to give 100% for him. He's got the club in his heart and he really wants us to do well. It would be nice to pick up some results under him until the new manager comes in.”
Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea City left Villa bottom of the Premier League with just four points from 10 games, as a run of six straight top-flight defeats saw Sherwood shown his marching the following morning.
Things do not get any easier over the coming weeks either with games against Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton, respectively, but Richards remains confident that results will soon turn around.
“We have to carry on putting in a big effort,” he added. If we continue that, I'm positive the results will come sooner rather than later. It often works out that when the first result arrives, it gives you a massive confidence boost to go and get another one.
“If you look at our fixture list, the games we have coming up in the next few weeks certainly aren't getting any easier, but we will be relishing the challenge rather than approaching them with caution.”
Nevertheless, the former Manchester City defender may not get a chance to play at Spurs on Monday night, as he faces a one-match ban after accepting an FA charge of misconduct for his part in the tunnel incident that following the Swansea defeat.