Report: This former Premier League manager would love Aston Villa job

It is thought that sacked Swansea City manager Garry Monk would have no qualms over taking on the huge task at Villa Park.

Former Swansea City manager Garry Monk has been one of the leading names touted to take over at Aston Villa since the sacking of Remi Garde earlier this week, and he would be fully prepared to take on the task at hand according to a report from the Press Association.

Villa dismissed Garde on Tuesday after the Frenchman led the club to just two wins from 20 Premier League matches in charge since taking over from Tim Sherwood at the start of November.

That form has left the Birmingham club in a mess, sitting 12 points adrift of safety and destined to face the cultural adaptation to life in the Championship next season.

Rumours have been rife as to who will replace the former Lyon man, with bosses such as Steve Bruce, Sean Dyche, and David Moyes all mentioned, along with left-field options such as Ruud Gullit declaring their interest in the position.

Monk, who left Swansea in December after just under two years in the job, has also been touted as a potential candidate, and according to the PA he has a strong interest in taking on the challenge.

Whoever is appointed as Villa's next manager has, along with the club's overhauled board, a huge rebuilding job on their hands as the club prepare to adapt to life outside the top flight for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Monk may believe that makes him a strong candidate, having spent over 11 years at Swansea as a player, club captain, and head coach, playing a large role in their rise from League Two and leading them as manager to their highest-ever top-flight finish.

His appointment would not not strictly be in keeping with the suggestion that Villa must appoint a manager with Championship experience, but though he has never managed in the Championship he captained the Swans for three years in the division, leading them to play-off final glory in 2011.

After taking over at the Liberty Stadium on a permanent basis in July 2014, the 37-year-old led the Swans to an eighth-place finish and a record points tally last season, but was sacked midway through the current campaign afte ra run of just one win in 11 matches.

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