Mark Bosnich says this personnel move is smartest thing Aston Villa have done for a long time

The former Villa goalkeeper believes his old manager Brian Little can help to lead the club back to the big time.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told the club's official website that his former manager Brian Little will be invaluable to their attempts to successfully navigate the Championship, and hailed his appointment as a director as the smartest decision the club has made in a long while.

Little was appointed to the new board of directors at Villa Park last month as new chairman Steve Hollis looked to reform the club's hierarchy.

That decision proved popular with the club's fans, who approved of the decision to bring in a man who knows the club as well as anyone as they look to bounce back from what is their worst season in many supporters' living memory.

Little spent his entire curtailed playing career at Villa Park, playing over 300 times in a decade at the club, and later returned to manage the side to their last major trophy triumph, the League Cup final victory over Leeds United in 1996.

Bosnich, who was Villa's first-choice goalkeeper for Little's four seasons in charge of the club, believes his old boss' experience will be vital in the Championship and hailed his appointment as the most astute move the club has made in recent times.

The Australian told the club's website: "I think the smartest move Villa have made for a very long time is to put my old manager Brian Little in as a footballing advisor.

"Villa could do a lot worse than to listen to him now. It's looking like relegation to the Championship for Villa - and he will know what it takes to get out of that division and get them back to where they deserve to be.

"The Championship is one of the hardest leagues in the world. To get back up is not going to be an easy task so Villa have got to be careful. It is a sad story but they need to get over it quickly, look forward and basically put down a plan."

Villa will be playing outside the top flight for the first time in nearly 30 years next season after a catastrophic campaign which has seen them win just three league matches all season long.

Their relegation is almost certain to be confirmed on Saturday, and the question of who to appoint as their manager for next season has been billed by some as the most important decision in the club's history as they look to swim rather than sink in the second tier.

Whoever is appointed, Little, whose association with the club began in 1970 and who has more than 20 years of managerial experience to his name, will be a useful advisor and voice of the club from upstairs.

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