Yorke to apply for Aston Villa job; reveals Ferguson backing

Rob Conlon
Dwight Yorke: Former striker signed by Ferguson in 1998

Dwight Yorke has revealed he has applied for the vacant managerial position at Aston Villa – and says he has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Villa are searching for their next manager after sacking Frenchman Remi Garde last week, with Eric Black currently acting as interim boss until the end of the season.

Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson the current favourite to take over at Villa Park as the club look to appoint a candidate with Championship experience, given the Villans are 15 points from safety with six matches remaining.

“They have tried experience, they have tried unknown managers, and they haven’t got it right,” Yorke told talkSPORT.

“I have the feeling they may go for experience. I do believe experience counts for a lot of things but sometimes you need someone with the know-how of a football club and someone who can bring a spark back to the club.

“And what people fail to realise is that I have won the Championship. 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.

Yorke missed out on the job to Garde following the sacking of Tim Sherwood in October, when the 44-year-old also talked up his credentials.

“I will apply [for the job] and I am doing that as we speak. I hope they will at least give me an interview,” he added.

“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.”