Brian Little has hinted he would be prepared to step in as interim manager at Aston Villa if the club asked him.
The 62-year-old former Villa player and boss was appointed as an advisor to the club’s board earlier this month and there have been calls from some fans to give Little the job until the end of the season with current incumbent Remi Garde thought to be on the brink of the sack.
Little says he is delighted to be back helping out at the club and admitted he would do whatever he could to try and revive their fortunes.
He said: “There’s a lot going on and when I’ve got to grips with that, I can really start helping the board make decisions which are, hopefully, good decisions.
“I think it would be very difficult to put exactly into words how proud I feel but it’s fascinating and I’m genuinely chuffed to bits to say the least.
“The team are currently in a very difficult position. I am only too delighted to help in any way I can – whether that be in a small way or a large way.
Little was a feared striker for Villa, scoring 82 goals in 302 appearances during the 1970s, and then returned as manager in 1994, winning the League Cup two years later.
He has been brought back to the club by new executive chairman Steve Hollis and says he will be happy to give his advice on a potential new manager for the club that clearly remains close to his heart.
Little added: “I will give an opinion. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a loud person. But you don’t have to be loud to have an opinion on things and be heard.
“The key is that it is worthwhile and honest. That’s what I will do. I have always been like that – and won’t change now. It’s not a case of saying the right things at the right times.
“I think the important thing for me is to have the belief in saying what you think is the right thing. Then it’s up to other people whether they take that advice.
“I won’t say what other people want to hear if I don’t believe in it. That has always led me in the right direction.”