Former Arsenal star makes surprise announcement to run for Aston Villa job

Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham centre back Sol Campbell has expressed his desire to take charge at managerless Aston Villa according to the Daily Mirror – despite having no prior managerial experience.

Although former Spurs boss Tim ­Sherwood is the odds-on favourite to replace Paul Lambert – who was sacked on Wednesday after the Midlands club lost their 13th game of the season against Hull City – Campbell has thrown his hat into the ring, taking to social-media site Instragram to write:

“Another one bites the dust! Surely I’ve got a chance! Sol Campbell manager!

“To the end of the season. It would be a challenge that I would want to take head on and win!”

The 40 year-old Campbell hasn’t been involved in management since retiring from playing in 2012, however he has enjoyed a distinguished career on the pitch, including winning two Premier League titles with Arsenal and scoring in a Champions League final.

Aston Villa – 18th in the Premier League with 22 points – face fellow top flight strugglers Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday, where Scott Marshall is expected to lead the Midlands club out as caretaker manager.

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