Caretaker Kevin MacDonald takes Aston Villa blame


Aston Villa caretaker Kevin MacDonald insisted the buck stopped with him following Sunday's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle United.

MacDonald, who was unbeaten in his two games at the helm following Martin O'Neill's departure on the eve of the new season, saw John Carew miss an early penalty at St James' Park before the floodgates opened.

Villa were playing their second game in four days and afterwards the interim manager claimed he made a mistake with his team selection.

"One or two of the young lads who have played three games in a week, maybe it was too much for them, so I will accept responsibility. It was me who chose the team," he said.

Meanwhile, MacDonald has admitted he still doesn't know whether he wants the Villa Park job on a full-time basis.

He added:"My views are that maybe by the end of next week when we have finished all those games, I will be able to sit down and think is it what I want to do or is it not what I want to do?

"We have got a big game coming up on Thursday (against Rapid Vienna) which we have got to get back up for to try to get into the Europa League."

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