Dwight Yorke knows Sunderland well having spent three years at the Stadium of Light - and now he wants to return.
Yorke helped Sunderland to promotion in 2007.
Steve Bruce has endured a mixed time since arriving at Aston Villa last year.
David Moyes is expected to remain in charge of Sunderland, despite their relegation to the Championship.
Aston Villa are currently in 12th place in the Championship table.
West Ham United are currently in 17th place in the Premier League table.
Aston Villa are currently in 15th place in the Championship table.
Steve Bruce is still unbeaten since taking charge at Aston Villa.
The former Aston Villa striker requested an interview with a view to managing the Villans.
Aston Villa recently appointed Steve Bruce as their manager.