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.