Dwight Yorke says he will apply for the Aston Villa manager’s job – and Sir Alex Ferguson is backing him.
Villa are on the search for a permanent successor to Remi Garde after the Frenchman left the club last week, with assistant Eric Black serving as interim until the end of the season.
The Villans have almost been consigned to relegation to the Championship, with just 16 points from 32 games. The gap to safety is now 15 with just six games remaining.
Nigel Pearson is the favourite to take over at Villa Park for next season, but Yorke, whose managerial experience extends to serving as Trinidad and Tobago assistant manager from 2009 to 2010, believes he should be given an opportunity.
“They have tried experience, they have tried unknown managers, and they haven’t got it right,” the man who wears hilarious suits told talkSPORT.
“I have the feeling they may go for experience. I do believe experience counts for a lot of things but sometimes you need someone with the know-how of a football club and someone who can bring a spark back to the club.
“And what people fail to realise is that I have won the Championship. The only time I have played outside the Premier League I won it with Sunderland so I have got a great understanding of what the Championship is as a player.
“So, not only am I familiar with the players, and the whole culture and history of Aston Villa Football Club, but I am familiar with the Championship.
“I will apply [for the job] and I am doing that as we speak. I hope they will at least give me an interview.
“I have gained a wealth of experience; I have played under great managers and I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about this job and he is endorsing me. He believes I can do it
“I believe I can do it and it is about giving me the opportunity of at least having an interview.”