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Villa job interests Eriksson

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Sven-Goran Eriksson would be interested in making a return to the Barclays Premier League with Aston Villa, according to sources close to the former England coach.

Eriksson has been installed as one of the early frontrunners to replace Martin O'Neill who dramatically quit on Monday after four years in charge.

Sources close to the 62-year-old said: "Of course, Sven would be interested in this job. He has always said that he would like to go back into the Premier League. It is a big target for him."

United States coach Bob Bradley has been made the other early favourite by bookmakers with Alan Curbishley, Jurgen Klinsmann and Martin Jol also in the frame.

Eriksson's representative, Athole Still, insisted there has not been any approach from Villa for the Swede, who was in charge of the Ivory Coast during the recent World Cup finals.

Still said: "There has been no contact from Aston Villa. Sven gets associated with a lot of big jobs but, as we speak, there has been no contact from Aston Villa."

Meanwhile, Villa chief executive, Paul Faulkner, is set to hold a meeting with the club's players on Tuesday where he will explain to the squad the events of the last 24 hours and Villa's plans for the immediate future until a replacement for O'Neill is found.

Former Villa owner Doug Ellis has urged the club's fans to back owner Lerner in the search for O'Neill's successor.

Ellis, who appointed O'Neill as manager four years ago, insists "the club is bigger than any one man" after O'Neill's resignation because of a dispute over transfer policy.

He told Sky Sports News: "I was not entirely surprised by Martin's resignation although I was disappointed by the timing of it. I'm saddened. I think the supporters will be saddened - on the whole. Martin has done a very good job for Villa and I'm glad I appointed him. It is just a pity it has been done at this particular time."

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