Dwight Yorke explains why he's perfect for the Aston Villa job

The former Villa striker is in the process of applying and says he's been endorsed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has told TalkSPORT he'd be prefect for the club's vacant managerial position.

Yorke has never managed before but was the assistant coach of his native Trinidad & Tobago.

The 44-year-old fears the Villains will plump for somebody more experienced, but said he is in the process of applying for the job nonetheless - and has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson.

“They have tried experience, they have tried unknown managers, and they haven't got it right," he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Tuesday.

“I have the feeling they may go for experience. I do believe experience counts for a lot of things but sometimes you need someone with the knowhow of a football club and someone who can bring a spark back to the club.

“And people fail to realise that I have won the Championship. The only time I have played outside the Premier League I won it with Sunderland so I have got a great understanding of what the Championship is as a player.

"So, not only am I familiar with the players, and the whole culture and history of Aston Villa Football Club but I am familiar with the Championship.

"I will apply [for the job] and I am doing that as we speak. I hope they will at least give me an interview."

Yorke spent nine years at Villa Park, where he scored 123 goals in 375 appearances and lifted the League Cup on two occasions.

The Trinidadian went on to lift the treble under Ferguson at Manchester United, before spells at Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC and Sunderland.

According to the bookies, Yorke faces competition from a number of high-profile managers in his quest to become Villa boss.

Championship promotion experts Steve Bruce, Sean Dyche, Mick McCarthy and Nigel Pearson have all been strongly linked with the post, along with former Liverpool and Manchester United bosses Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch