Neil Warnock has refused to rule himself out of Aston Villa running

By Amir Mir

Tony Cascarino believes Neil Warnock would have been the “perfect appointment” for the vacant managerial job at Aston Villa.

Cardiff City announced on Wednesday that Warnock, 67, was the new Bluebirds boss after they sacked Paul Trollope on Tuesday.

Villa axed Roberto Di Matteo on Monday morning, with the Midlands club, just like Cardiff, languishing in the bottom half of the Championship table.

But former Villa striker Cascarino believes Warnock would have been the ideal fit for Villa, as he feels they are fighting a relegation battle.

“When Neil Warnock got appointed by Cardiff I straight away thought: that should have been Villa,” Cascarino told TalkSport as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “For me, that was a perfect appointment for Villa to get them back.

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“What he achieved at Rotherham last year, and at many clubs in his career was pretty amazing.

“Stevie’s [Bruce] done a lot of great things. He is very good at man-management. It would be another good appointment.

“[But] I personally thought that Warnock was the one they should have got because also, let’s not forget, they’re fighting relegation as we stand today.

“That would be Neil’s biggest strength and I think he’d manage that group much better than most managers.”

Warnock joined Rotherham in February last season and helped them avoid relegation from the Championship by masterminding an 11-game unbeaten streak.

The former Sheffield United manager has an impressive CV, with seven promotions to his name, having managed five different clubs in the second-tier.

In other Aston Villa news, a Championship manager has made emphatic decision on the vacant Villa  job.