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Soccer - Ex-striker Yorke keen on vacant Villa job

Soccer - Ex-striker Yorke keen on vacant Villa job
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - The Best FIFA Football Awards - Royal Festival Hall, London, Britain - September 24, 2018 Dwight Yorke before the start of the awards Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley/File Photo   -   Copyright  John Sibley(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Former Aston Villa forward Dwight Yorke is keen to take over as manager of the Championship club and believes he can restore a winning mentality to the struggling Midlands club.

Villa, who have three wins in 11 games and are 13th in the table, sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday and named under-23 boss Kevin Macdonald as caretaker. The club said they have begun the search for Bruce’s successor.

“I’ve made the necessary move and I’ve sent in my CV and I’m actually trying to make contact with the chief executive of the football club,” Yorke told Sky Sports on Friday.

“I played for them and understand the club and understand what the fans expect. I feel I can bring a winning mentality back to the football club.”

Yorke, who scored 97 goals in more than 250 appearances for Villa before joining Manchester United, had expressed a similar desire to take over when Tim Sherwood was sacked in 2015.

“He (Sherwood) gave me an insight into what he might have failed on, so having that knowledge does give me more of an insight in what is needed at the football club,” Yorke added.

Yorke’s previous coaching experience includes a stint as assistant manager of his native Trinidad & Tobago between 2009 and 2010.

Former European champions Villa were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Preston North End on Tuesday, a result that was followed by Bruce’s sacking. They travel to Millwall on Saturday.

Former Manchester United and Everton manager Davis Moyes is the bookmakers’ favourite for the job followed by ex-France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who was linked with the post in the close season, and experienced Portuguese Paulo Sousa, who left Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian on Thursday.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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