Villa Rule Out Some Favourites
Aston Villa have ruled out chasing a manager who is already employed by another club, according to General Charles Krulak.
The general has been quoted as saying: 'There are those who seem to think we can waltz into any club and get a manager to leave their club and come to ours. Did it ever occur to you that I - speaking as a fan and former Marine, who values loyalty - may not want a manager who would up and desert his club for additional money? I may well think such a manager might not be right for our club. I am not sure getting someone who has baled out from their club is something I'd be comfortable about.'
Surely this rules out a fair few of the bookies favourites such as; Moyes, Bruce, Hughes, Allardyce, McLeish, McClaren, Jones, Keane, Coyle, Bradley, Pulis, Bilic, etc.
So with the news coming out that Kevin McDonald WILL be considered after all, and we are looking for someone with Premier League experience and currently unemployed then you would have to think of the most popular names that spring to mind such as; Sven-Göran Eriksson, Gérard Houllier, Tony Mowbray, Juande Ramos, Kevin Keegan, Graeme Souness and Alan Curbishley.
Although, the statement from Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner said that 'Two of the traits we believe are of crucial importance are that candidates have experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad.' A
lthough the mention of Premier League experience is of great importance to Randy and Villa, it is not necessarily a requirement of the new manager.
Meaning other names still in the hat are Ronald Koeman, Jurgen Klinsmann and thought I would throw a new random name into the mix, Marco van Basten.
But with Villa announcing that they are searching for someone with preferably Premier League experience that is currently not in a job, it really does narrow it down. My gut instinct is that Kevin MacDonald is first choice prior to the interviews with Sven, Klinsmann, Koeman and maybe even Glenn Hoddle among those possibly lined up for interviews. But what do i know? Either way I do have a strong feeling that we will have a new man in before next week, I'm sure the new manager would like at least one full week on the training pitch with the squad before we go away to Stoke.
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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