“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.”