Kevin MacDonald to think hard about Aston Villa job

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Aston Villa caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald will think long and hard before deciding whether to go for the job on a permanent basis.

MacDonald stepped in following Martin O'Neill's surprise departure on the eve of the new season.

He will remain in charge for the second leg of Thursday's Europa League qualifying play-off against Rapid Vienna and also Sunday's Premier League encounter with Everton.

MacDonald will then make a decision about his long-term future.

"It's got to be thought out very, very closely," he said.

"It would be a great opportunity for me, but it would be a great opportunity for anybody who could take over this job because it is a big club."

Meanwhile, MacDonald claims he doesn't know whether Sunday's 6-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United has harmed his chances of being offered the job on a full-time basis.

He conceded:"I think people on the outside would probably look at it that way.

"But from my own point of view it hasn't changed my stance towards what I was trying to do.

"Whether it's damaged my opportunity, I've not thought of it as that yet."

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