The former Newcastle player spent 11 seasons at his hometown club, before moving into management in 2008.
Tottenham fans were stunned as Eric Dier was left out of the England Under-21 squad for this summer's European Championships.
Leicester City signed Marc Albrighton from Aston Villa last summer.
Jack Grealish was in fine form for Aston Villa towards the back end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Former West Ham player Alan Dickie has suggested it would have been better for his old team to own their next ground rather than rent it.
Sunderland are looking for a successor for Dick Advocaat.
Tim Sherwood speaks highly of Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish.
The Australian would like to see the under-fire Liverpool manager remain in charge, and alluded to football history from a rival club.
Having been released by Brentford this summer, the 52-year-old may now be tasked with helping Rangers achieve promotion to the Scottish top flight next season.
Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on hiring their former manager, although Reading and Southampton staff are both linked.