Martin Keown says Aston Villa should appoint Graham Taylor

Aston Villa have made a number of changes at boardroom level recently.

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that Aston Villa should look to appoint Graham Taylor in a boardroom position.

Villa have made wholesale changes to their boardroom set-up in recent times, as they look to bounce back from their impending Premier League relegation.

The Claret and Blues have given jobs to both David Bernstein and Adrian Bevington recently, but Keown does not believe that they should stop there.

The former Villa defender says that his old club should be looking to get Taylor on board, as he has the experience required to help them in their fight for Championship promotion.

"Villa are a team close to my heart and it's where I grew up in the game," he said. "Behind the scenes David Bernstein and Adrian Bevington are good people. It’s about getting key individuals in the right positions – and the appointment of a new manager will be key. We were fortunate having Graham Taylor when we were in the second division – he was so good that I thought even if he was running a corner shop it would be the biggest and best on the street!

"I would like for him to have been part of Villa's think tank at the top so his experience could have been called upon. He’s the last manager who has taken Villa back up from the second tier. I know Brian Little is the right sort of person - a Villa man - but they could do worse than give Taylor a ring."

Villa have never before been relegated from the Premier League, but they have failed to show the fight required to get out of trouble this time around.

The Claret and Blues are currently 15 points adrift of safety, after winning just three matches all season.

Villa even had to cancel their Player of the Season awards this weekend, as their campaign has been such a disappointment, and Keown has backed this decision.

“I also saw that Villa cancelled their end of season awards this week and I think it’s the right call,” the ex-Arsenal defender added. “I suffered the indignity of being player of the year the last time they were relegated. I’d never felt more embarrassed. I understood that you had to respect the fans and they wanted you to receive the award but it’s the most embarrassing thing - it represents failure.”

Villa’s next match come against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and if they fail to win their relegation would be mathematically confirmed.

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