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Sunday 22 April 2018

Villa must get next manager right - Eric Black

Eric Black has been in temporary charge of Aston Villa
Eric Black has been in temporary charge of Aston Villa

Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black has insisted the club must get their next manager right as they stand on the brink of relegation.

Villa survived the drop for another week despite a 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday and are 15 points from safety with five games left.

Depending on the result between Norwich and Sunderland, Villa could be relegated before they even kick-off at at Manchester United on Saturday, the first time they will have dropped out of the top flight in 29 years.

David Moyes, Nigel Pearson and Garry Monk are all interested in the job and Black, who replaced Remi Garde after he left last month, knows Villa cannot afford to mess the appointment up.

"I think it has to be right person whenever that is, whether it's now or July 1," he said.

"It is important now that the people above take their time and get the right person in. It is ongoing. I haven't spoken to anybody but as far as I know it's an ongoing process.

"There will be 100 people who want to take it, want to be associated with it and want to be given the opportunity. B ut the club have to pick the right one because it's a big challenge."

But Black, who helped Birmingham out of the Championship under Steve Bruce, warned the player recruitment must be perfect if they want an instant return.

"It's a really tough division. Psychologically it's a hard division and harder division than the Premier League at times because of the repetition of games," he added.

"So the squad has to be constructed properly, otherwise you give yourself a mountain to climb."

In contrast Bournemouth have reached 41 points and will be in the top flight next season after an impressive debut campaign.

Steve Cook and Josh King scored the goals to earn a deserved victory at Villa Park, despite Jordan Ayew's late consolation.

Manager Eddie Howe has masterminded survival after they won the Sky Bet Championship last season and admitted the Cherries are on the cusp of a new dawn.

Howe said: "It's a new era because we have never even been close, getting up was one thing, trying to stay up is a totally different thing and now it is probably harder the second season than it was the first.

"(Newcastle and Sunderland struggling) puts into context what the players have achieved. I want to savour it for a few seconds then think about next week."

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