Bradley on alert for Villa offer

UNITED STATES coach Bob Bradley has publicly confirmed his interest in the vacant manager’s job at Aston Villa.

The club’s American owner Randy Lerner is expected to step up his search for a permanent successor to Martin O’Neill following yesterday’s mauling at Newcastle.

Bradley has asked representatives to sound out Villa about the job and revealed yesterday that he remains open to an approach from Lerner.

“I think Aston Villa is a massive club with great history and a great following and those type of opportunities would of course be of interest,” he said. “I would certainly be honoured to have that conversation but I’m impressed with the way things have been handled so far and we’ll see what the future holds.

“There have been discussions with some of my representatives to at least find out the situation but Aston Villa seem to have taken a good stance where they have been patient.”

Kevin MacDonald has been in caretaker charge since O’Neill quit on the eve of the new season, but yesterday’s defeat is a hammer blow to his prospects of staying in charge.