Report names Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial nominee for Aston Villa

David Moyes MUFC

Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly wanted David Moyes to take charge of Aston Villa.

Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is pictured before their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed to The Mirror that the club asked Sir Alex Ferguson for his advice regarding the managerial situation at Villa Park.

Wyness, though, has admitted that the Villans did not take the recommendation of the former Manchester United manager.

Villa appointed Roberto Di Matteo as the manager of the first team, but the decision was officially announced only this month.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

The Villans had been without a permanent manager since the departure of Remi Garde back in March. Eric Black took charge of the first team for the final weeks of the 2015-16 season.

“I still hold a connection with Sir Alex from our shared time at Aberdeen,” Wyness told The Mirror.

"We were undertaking our research and he recommended a few managers to us. Sadly for Sir Alex, his first choice was discounted.

“Roberto’s appointment was very much the chairman’s decision. However, that’s no slight on Sir Alex. If you can speak to the best for their opinions, why wouldn’t you?”

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho (R) with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

According to The Mirror, Ferguson suggested to Villa that they should appoint former Everton and United manager David Moyes.

Moyes is without a managerial job at the moment, having departed Spanish club Real Sociedad back in November 2015.

However, it seems that new Aston Villa owner Tony Xia did not heed Ferguson’s advice and chose Di Matteo instead.

Villa got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and will feature in the Championship next season.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

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