Paul Merson responds when asked whether he'd take advisory role at Aston Villa

Aston Villa are believed to be looking to take some former players on to advise the club on how to break out of their slump.

Paul Merson quickly batted away claims that Aston Villa should look at getting him involved at the club on TalkSPORT.

Villa’s board have expressed a desire to bring in some former players, to ensure that they have footballing knowledge at boardroom level, as they look to arrest the club’s slide.

The Claret and Blues look set to be relegated this season, and the current hierarchy at Villa Park have been criticised for showing a lack of footballing understanding.

However, when Merson was asked whether he would take a job at Villa Park - he quickly suggested that he might not be the best person for the job.

“Have you seen my record at Walsall,” he joked. “But it’s a great club. It’s unbelievable [that they could go down].”

Merson’s one spell in management at Walsall was not a very productive one, and he did not last long at the Midlands club.

Merson took over in 2004, but lost his job in 2006, after failing to move the Saddlers forward as a club.

The likes of Ian Taylor and Andy Townsend have been suggested as candidates who could come in and provide better guidance on the Villa board.

Villa have never been relegated from the Premier League before, but they are currently nine points adrift of safety - and will surely be playing in the second tier next season.

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