Aston Villa legend Dwight Yorke has reiterated his interest in managing his former club.
Yorke spent nearly nine years in the Midlands and in October he told talkSPORT of his interest in replacing Tim Sherwood at Villa Park. With the Premier League’s basement club destined for the Championship next season, Remi Garde’s future is increasingly uncertain and Yorke believes he CAN take them back to the top tier.
He told Drivetime: “I would be lying to you guys if I said I wasn’t interested in the job.
“I respect the manager in the position at this point in time but in terms of passion – yes. Aston Villa is a club I spent ten years at. I understand the club, the fans have been great. It’s where it all started for me in the first place.
“It’s not just a role that you come in and be in management. It’s the whole understanding of the game and what you can bring to the table.
“So yes, if that vacancy comes up, there is no question I’ll be [putting forward] my name and trying to get in there as a manager.
“I do love the club, I understand the club and with my experience and a team I can put together to try and bring Aston Villa back [to the Premier League].
“It’s something that I am passionate about.”
Instead of appointing ex-Trinidad and Tobago international Yorke, who played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the Villans handed Garde a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The Frenchman has won just three matches in charge – once in the FA Cup and twice in the Premier League – and Yorke feels, despite off-field issues, more could have been done to turn the club’s fortunes around.
He continued: “[Garde] had 26 games when he came in – that should be sufficient enough to try and give them a fighting chance. He hasn’t been able to turn it around.
“The players have been equally to blame. There are good enough players in that dressing room to get Aston Villa out of the situation.
“You need more than that, somebody who understands the football club, who gets more out of the players and Remi Garde hasn’t been able to do that. Every interview he’s done, there’s no positiveness coming out of it – at least show some fighting spirit with nine games to go.
“We know they’re likely to go down but these players are not showing anything and I think it stems from the top.
“It’s been so negative within the Aston Villa camp that these players, when you look at them doing interviews, they are scared for the whole interview, and there’s no leadership quality or guidance from anyone.”