Clarke in frame for Villa job

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HITC Sport understands former West Brom boss in frame for Aston Villa job.

Former Reading and West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant manager's job at Aston Villa, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Villa are searching for a new manager following Remi Garde's departure last month with Eric Black currently in caretaker charge at Villa Park.

Villa's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed earlier this month with the side picking up just 16 points in a disastrous campaign.

A whole host of names have been linked with the role at Villa, including the likes of former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, Burnley chief Sean Dyche and Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.

However, Clarke has come into the reckoning with the Scot understood to have admirers inside the corridors of power at Villa Park.

Clarke has been out of work since December after being axed by Reading and he recently admitted he would be interested in the Celtic job next season when Ronny Deila steps down at Parkhead.

Clarke boasts a wealth of experience as he was assistant manager at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool before taking over at West Brom.

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