Promotion expert hints at interest in Aston Villa manager job

By Harry Sykes

Neil Warnock has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the new Aston Villa manager.

The promotion expert is currently the manager of Championship club Rotherham but his short-term deal expires at the end of the season.

Veteran boss Warnock, 67, might be regarded as a sound candidate given his stature as one of the most successful managers outside of the Premier League and his record of seven promotions in his lengthy managerial career.

Asked if he would be interested in the Villa job, Warnock told talkSPORT on Wednesday: “I’ve said all along I have got 14 games at Rotherham and I just want to concentrate on that, but after that you look at everything.

“You don’t rule out anything. I don’t write off staying, retiring, going somewhere else.

“I just love the Championship. I now know that is the level I am at and I enjoy. I like the determination of the players and the crowd.

“I would never say no to anything. Having said that, they [Villa] are a big club and I am sure they will be inundated with top quality people.”

Villa are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Remi Garde last week in the wake of a wretched run of results that leaves the club facing inevitable relegation from the Premier League.

Warnock might be seen as a safe pair of hands by the new-look Villa board which includes former FA chief David Bernstein and ex-manager Brian Little.

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Bernstein has made it clear in interviews that the club are looking for an experienced British boss to lead a major rebuilding job.