By Amir Mir

Danny Murphy has backed Steve Clarke to take over as Aston Villa manager following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

Caretaker boss Clarke is currently in interim charge of the club as Villa’s chiefs search for a new manager after Di Matteo’s 124 days in charge.

Clarke, 53, is one of the candidates in the running to take over the Villa Park post, with the club languishing in the bottom half of the Championship table after accumulating just ten points from 11 games.

Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy has backed the highly experienced Clarke to take charge of the Midlands club by claiming he represents a reliable option.

“I like him a lot. He would be a very solid choice, definitely,” Murphy told TalkSport as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “Steve Clarke was very well thought of at Liverpool – I spoke to the boys there and they really liked him.

“He was very unlucky at West Brom, and actually did a good job at Reading, and I think Villa will be doing well to get a someone in better than him.”

Steve Bruce remains the bookies favourite to replace Di Matteo at Villa Park, with the former Birmingham City boss leaving his post at Hull in the summer after guiding them to the Premier League via the play-offs last season.

Villa will host Midlands rivals Wolves after the international break on October 15, with Clarke expected to take charge as the club search for a new replacement.

In other Aston Villa news, this Championship manager has made an emphatic decision on the vacant post at Villa Park.