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Mortimer: British is best for Villa

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Former Aston Villa skipper Dennis Mortimer wants club owner Randy Lerner to appoint a British manager in succession to Gerard Houllier.

Villa have played down speculation that Mark Hughes will replace Houllier after he resigned as Fulham boss. But Mortimer, who skippered Villa to the European Cup in 1982, hopes Lerner will appoint from within these shores after Frenchman Houllier ended his reign after his recent heart problems.

He said: "I would rather see a British manager in charge of Villa. I just feel that we don't give our British managers much of a chance."

He added: "We go for these people from abroad who have been around a bit but they are not always the right choice.

"Get someone fresh who understands the game here. There are people out there and I just hope it is not a foreign manager.

"I get fed up with foreign managers because we need to give our British managers a chance."

Former Villa boss Graham Taylor has urged Lerner to appoint a new manager as soon as possible - to avoid a repeat of last summer's turmoil.

Villa were left without a manager five days before the start of the campaign after Martin O'Neill opted to part company with the club after four years in charge. It meant the transfer window had closed before Houllier arrived in mid-September and he had to wait until January before being able to make his mark via new arrivals.

Taylor said: "I just hope Villa don't delay the appointment of a new manager because Gerard Houllier came in when the transfer window had almost gone.

"They should learn from that. If they've made their mind up, the type of manager they want, who they want, I would like them to move for him very early."

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