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Dwight Yorke Reveals He Applied For Aston Villa Job For A Third Time

Dwight Yorke Reveals He Applied For Aston Villa Job For A Third Time
By Eoin Harrington
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Someone might want to tell Dwight Yorke the news that Steven Gerrard has been unveiled as Aston Villa's new manager - as the former Villa player revealed he is still waiting for a response from club owner Wes Edens after offering his services to the job.

90s Villa hero Yorke spoke to Sky Sports this week and revealed he offered his managerial services to the midlands club after Dean Smith's sacking - and was turned down, for a third time.

Dwight Yorke reveals he outrageously offered to step up to Villa manager job

Dwight Yorke spent nearly a decade with Aston Villa in the 1990s, becoming a fan favourite after banging in 73 goals in 231 games between 1990 and 1998. After departing Villa Park, Yorke went on to finish the 1998-99 season as Man United's top scorer, as he played a massive role in the club's famous treble win.

Yorke's career wound down across the 2000s, with the peak coming in 2009 when he briefly took over as assistant manager of his national team, Trinidad and Tobago. He only just over eight months in the job, and that is the extent of his coaching experience thus far.


That fact didn't stop Yorke from offering his services to Aston Villa - for a third time - after the recent sacking of Dean Smith in charge. In an interview with Sky Sports on Friday, Yorke revealed he had applied for the Villa job, saying:

I have to say, at this point in time, although I have a fantastic relationship with Wes [Edens, Villa's co-owner] I still haven't been able to get a response. Even with the connection I've got, you'd still like to hear 'oh, well it's not possible, we have other options. Maybe another time when the job becomes available again.'

You'd just like to be acknowledged but you're not even getting that. I've got to be realistic, I've got to be real with myself, understanding the challenge that I face as an individual.

It's not going to be as straightforward as some people have had and that's a fact. I've got to take that on board and look elsewhere in trying to get some kind of managerial experience somewhere else.

On the one hand, we empathise with Dwight Yorke. We've all been there, waiting on word on a potential job for weeks on end before a rejection email discreetly slips into your "spam" folder.

On the other hand, this is a multi-million pound job, for a highly-skilled football manager. No disrespect meant to the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign of 2009, but eight months in charge of Trinidad and Tobago hardly cuts it in terms of putting yourself in the shop window for a Premier League club.


At least Yorke appears to have realised as much, with his commitment to going out and finding more experience elsewhere. We can't imagine Wes Edens will lose much sleep over the appointment of Scottish Premier League-winning manager Steven Gerrard in his place.

SEE ALSO: The Reaction Of Rangers Fans To Steven Gerrard Leaving Has Been Pretty Weird

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