Former Aston Villa striker keen on Sunderland job

Dwight Yorke of Aston Villa in action
Dwight Yorke of Aston Villa in action / Chris Cole/GettyImages

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has revealed his interest in the vacant Sunderland managerial position.

The Black Cats are in the hunt for a new permanent boss following the departure of ex-Villa coach Michael Beale on Monday afternoon.

Yorke, 52, is interested in the vacancy at the Stadium of Light as he looks to step his first steps in management in England.

He had a spell at Macarthur in the A-League and 52.63% of games in charge of the Australian outfit before leaving just over 12 months ago.

The Trinidad and Tobago-born man has said, as per Gambling Zone: “I would just like the opportunity to manage Sunderland.

“I’ve played for these clubs and it would be nice to go back to Sunderland, but it doesn’t mean that I’d rule out managing another club in the EFL.

“I have to be open-minded to the challenge I’d have to take on.”

Yorke signed for Aston Villa in 1989 as a youngster and went on to break into their first-team. He played 287 games for the Midlands outfit in all competitions and fired 98 goals, helping them win the League Cup in 1996.

He then left Villa Park in 1998 and went on to have spells at Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC and Sunderland.

The ex-striker ended his playing days with the Black Cats after a spell Down Under and fired six goals in 62 matches before making the decision to call time on his playing career.

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