Neville, a former Sky Sports pundit, lasted just four months in charge of La Liga side Valencia before being sacked from the Mestalla Stadium yet Merson feels it was a rash decision.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star, the former Arsenal midfielder urges Neville to jump straight back in with Villa and feels it would be a good fit as he expects the Midlands club to throw money at promotion.
“I was shocked Gary Neville got the sack – but he should go for the Aston Villa job. The timing of both those decisions was odd. Why now? We’ve just had a two-week international break,” Merson said.
“Valencia are a better team now than they were when he went there. It was just too big a job. It will hurt him. But he’s got to brush himself off and get back in quickly.”
“They’ll throw money at it, get thousands of fans every week and could win that league.”
Villa’s relegation to the Championship looks inevitable as the club currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with 16 points, 12 points adrift of safety with only a handful of games left.
Neville struggled to deal with the demands of Valencia, as well as the obvious language-barrier proving a real thorn in his side as he often failed to get across his ideas to the players.
But at Villa he wouldn’t have such problems, and his vast experience as a player with Manchester United and a coach with the England national team would earn him the respect of his players.
The Villans are in need of a fresh start, and appointing a young English manager could be the way forward.