Report: David Bernstein had ambitious target to replace Garde; Roy Hodgson

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Randy Lerner reportedly blocked David Bernstein's attempts to lure Roy Hodgson to Aston Villa.

According to The Sun, David Bernstein wanted to bring England boss Roy Hodgson to Aston Villa, before leaving the club last week.

Villa's relegation to the Championship was confirmed with a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend, and after Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Southampton, the season can't end soon enough for Villa fans.

It promises to be a big summer for Villa, as whilst players will naturally come and go, there is also the matter of appointing a new manager. Remi Garde left the club in March after less than five months in the job, and finding somebody who can turn the club around will be a tough ask.

Now, The Sun report that David Bernstein - who joined the Villa board in March before resigning last week - had an ambitious target for the club's new manager; Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson has led England to Euro 2016 with ten wins from ten games in qualifying, but many anticipate him leaving the role following the tournament, having managed the Three Lions for four years now.

It's claimed that Bernstein and Adrian Bevington, who worked with Hodgson during their days with The FA, were keen to lure the 68-year-old to Villa Park, but owner Randy Lerner is keen to cut costs, and bringing in a big-name manager like Hodgson wasn't possible under that plan.

Bernstein left his role almost a week ago, and it remains to be seen who will be appointed - but Villa fans may now wonder what the future could have held with Bernstein at the club, given his ambitious plans to bring in Hodgson.

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