Former Ballon d'Or winner admits he would consider managing Aston Villa

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Ruud Gullit reveals he could be tempted to return to management if he was approached by the Premier League club.

Former Ballon d'Or winner and FA Cup-winning manager Ruud Gullit has admitted to beIN Sport that he could be tempted to return to management to take the Aston Villa job if he was approached by the club.

Villa sacked manager Remi Garde on Tuesday after less than eight months in charge after the Frenchman led the Premier League bottom side to just two wins from 20 Premier League matches.

In the 24 hours since that move, speculation has already begun to build about who will be named as the former Lyon man's replacement, with names such as Hull City's Steve Bruce, Burnley boss Sean Dyche, and former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson amongst those most mentioned.

However, beIN Sport pundit Gullit has thrown his name into the ring by suggesting that he would be happy to return to management if there was any opportunity for him to take over at Villa Park.

The 53-year-old, who was named the best player in world football in 1987, told the TV channel: "Look, if they come to me I will really really consider it and I will think about if I have the people around me to do that job.

"There were some things that I had to do in my life and I'm happy what I'm doing here [at beIN] so you think to yourself why would you give that up? Otherwise every day is stress.

"If you want it you can get it. But of course when they come to me I will consider it."

Gullit has been out of English management for 17 years since leaving Newcastle United after an unsuccessful year in charge at St. James' Park.

The Dutch legend, who won the 1997 FA Cup whilst serving as player-manager of Chelsea, has only worked as a head coach twice since leaving Newcastle, spending nearly two years at the helm of MLS side LA Galaxy and six months at Russian side Terek Grozny.

He would certainly be a left-field choice to attempt to lead Villa back up from the Championship next season, and Gullit should probably not quit his current job any time soon.

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