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Premier League

MacDonald finally declares interest in Villa manager job

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has told his club's owner, Randy Lerner, that he wants the job on a permanent basis.

MacDonald has been in charge for Villa's opening five games of the season and has been determined to take his time before deciding on his future plans. But the former Liverpool player now wants to be considered as the full-time successor to Martin O'Neill, who quit five days before the new campaign got under way.

MacDonald previously had a spell as temporary manager at Leicester in the mid-1990s, following the departure of Brian Little. He has enjoyed mixed fortunes during his current tenure, steering Villa to two Premier League wins out of three but also seeing them knocked out of the Europa League at the final qualifying stage.

MacDonald is aware that making himself available for the post does not mean he is guaranteed to be appointed. "Who says I will be chosen? Whoever gets interviewed, if they come up with the right solution on how to take the club forward, that would be the right person for the job," he said after Villa's victory over Everton.

"It would help me being in the position. That would put me in a more favourable position than people who come in from the outside.

"But you then are going to look at people to be interviewed who have got a lot more experience, have won things and have done it at the highest level as well."