MacDonald stakes claim for Villa job

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 wants to be
considered as the full-time successor to Martin O’Neill who quit
three weeks ago – five days before the new campaign got underway.
MacDonald previously had a spell as temporary boss 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 league wins out of three but also seeing them exit the Europa
League at the final qualifying round 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.” The likes of skipper Stiliyan Petrov, James Collins and
Luke Young have all backed MacDonald to be made manager in the past
few days.