Kevin MacDonald wants Aston Villa job on permanent basis

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Caretaker Aston Villa manager Kevin MacDonald has confirmed his desire to be handed the Villa Park role on a permanent basis.

Martin O’Neill walked away from Villa Park three weeks ago with club owner Randy Learner deciding to temporarily place MacDonald in charge of first team affairs. The former Liverpool and Leicester City midfielder has enjoyed mixed success since taking over from the Northern Irishman.

MacDonald has overseen home victories against West Ham and Everton, but a demoralising 6-0 thumping at the hands of Newcastle appeared to hamper his chances of securing the post. Meanwhile, Villa’s Europa League adventure came to a premature end as they crashed out to Rapid Vienna over two legs.

An Aston Villa statement read: “Kevin MacDonald has confirmed he wishes to be considered for the job of Aston Villa manager. He will be interviewed along with other candidates.”

Speaking after Villa’s victory over Everton on Saturday, MacDonald said: “Whoever gets interviewed, if they come up with the right solution on how to take the club forward, that would be the right person for the job,” MacDonald said after Villa’s victory over Everton on Saturday.

“It would help me being in the position. That would put me in a more favourable position than people who come in from the outside.

“But you then are going to look at people to be interviewed who have got a lot more experience, have won things and have done it at the highest level as well.”

MacDonald previously took charge of Leicester City following the dismissal of Brian Little in 1994. The Scottish manager also spent a year as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager in 2006.

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