Randy Lerner is said to be seriously considering appointing Alan Curbishley.
Alan Curbishley’s hopes of landing the Aston Villa job have been boosted after talks with the club.
Villa owner Randy Lerner returns to Birmingham today to weigh up his options on who should replace Martin O’Neill.
US businessman Lerner spent three days holed up at a London hotel with Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner interviewing candidates.
And Curbishley, who played for Aston Villa from 1983-1984, is believed to have met with them.
Curbishley,52, is out of work since leaving West Ham two years ago and previously spent 15 years establishing Charlton in the top-flight.
Villa chairman Lerner wants someone with Premier League experience as caretaker Kevin MacDonald is not their preferred option.
But potential moves for Everton’s David Moyes and Fulham’s Mark Hughes face huge hurdles with neither man in a rush to quit.
Curbishley’s fellow out-of-work bosses Gianfranco Zola, Gerard Houllier, Sven Goran Eriksson and Gareth Southgate are also very keen.
Curbishley told a Mirrorfootball podcast earlier this summer he would “love” the Villa job.
He said: “Anyone would be interested and I am, for sure. They are a massive club.
“I know a lot about them having played there and I would love it.”
Villa are fourth in the table after winning two of their first three League games despite O’Neill quitting five days before the start of the season.
But Villa crashed out of Europe under MacDonald following a shock loss to Austrian club Rapid Vienna and lost 6-0 at Newcastle. (The Mirror)
So Alan Curbishley is the latest in a long line of names to be linked with the Aston Villa manager’s job.
David Moyes, Mark Hughes, Gianfranco Zola, Gerard Houllier, Sven Goran Eriksson, Gareth Southgate and Alex McLeish have all also been linked. It is not surprising to hear of some top names being interested, as the team have an exciting squad and the job seems a good prospect.
Who do Villa fans want to see in the hot seat? Would you be happy with someone like Curbishley? Or would you like to see Kevin MacDonald given more of a chance?