Dwight Yorke explains why he is perfect for the Aston Villa job

Aston Villa fans celebrate during the FA Cup Semi Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on April 19, 2015 in London, England.

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has made no secret about the fact that he has applied to take over from Steve Bruce.

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke attend a press conference before the ILOVEUNITED Fan Party on May 13, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Dwight Yorke makes a good point. The likes of John Terry and Thierry Henry have absolutely no senior managerial experience on their CV so why should another novice not be considered to replace Steve Bruce at Aston Villa.

Yorke has been keen to get his coaching career off the ground for some time now and, speaking to Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (10 October, 8.30am), the former Trinidad and Tobago international has made his pitch to take over at Villa Park.


As the 46-year-old points out, Yorke knows Villa inside and out having played for them as a striker between 1989 and 1998. He completed all his coaching badges a number of years ago and knows what it takes to succeed in the Championship, winning the second tier title under Roy Keane at Sunderland in 2007.

“For me, I know Villa inside and out, what the youth system is about. I felt after Brucey was not able to advance them further they need someone with an inside knowledge of the club, who is passionate, who is going into management for the first time, who is exciting, who is trying to play attacking football, who won the league with Roy Keane,” Yorke said.

Dean Whitehead (left) and Dwight Yorke (right) celebrate as Sunderland win the league title after the Coca-Cola Championship match between Luton Town and Sunderland at Kenilworth Road on...

"I’ve got the CV. Villa need to think outside the box. Why not? I’ve seen Gerrard, Lampard, Joey Barton, Lee Bowyer (get jobs in management), what have they got that I haven’t got?”

Yorke also confirmed that he has been in contact with Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow, who is expected to play an important role in choosing the club’s next manager.

But, according to the Daily Star, Villa are unlikely to hand the reigns to Yorke or another former player in Stiliyan Petrov, who also applied for the job last week.

Dwight Yorke of Villa celebrates scorimg the winning goal during Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspurs in the FA Premiership at Villa Park. Mandatory Credit: Anton Want

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