Robbie Neilson reacts to Aston Villa’s reported interest in him

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson was surprisingly linked with Aston Villa.

Villa are searching for a new head coach to replace Tim Sherwood, but one reported target has denied rumours that he will be taking charge of the Premier League side whilst speaking to the Daily Record.

Robbie Neilson, currently in charge of Hearts, said: “It's just paper talk. These things happen when people move on from different clubs, there is always talk. But my sole focus is here at Hearts. I've still got a huge job to do and it's something I am really enjoying.”

Neilson was not one of the frontrunners for the Villa job earlier this week, but it was reported by the Scotsman today that he had emerged as a shock candidate to take charge of the Midlands side.

The 35-year-old is currently in his first role as a manager, having taken charge of Hearts in May 2014, and he has an exceptional win ratio of 74% after 57 games in charge, whilst also leading the team to the Scottish Championship title last season.

Villa want to get a new manger hired as soon as possible, and Neilson’s potential and recent successes suggest he could be the man for the job. He has shown he is a talented manager, and he would have a great chance of keeping them in the Premier League.

However, the young manager has admitted that his current focus is still only on Hearts, as they sit just six points off top spot, despite only getting promoted to the top flight for this season.

Villa’s search for a new boss continues heading into their game against Tottenham on Monday evening.

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