Sol Campbell expresses interest in Aston Villa job

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Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has thrown his name into the hat for the vacant managerial job at Aston Villa after confirming his interest in taking over at Villa Park for the rest of the season.

Posting on his official Instagram account, the 40-year-old uploaded a picture of the Midlands club's crest with the caption: "Another one bites the dust! Surely i've got a chance! Sol Campbell manager!"

It wasn't immediately clear whether the retired defender was joking or not, but after one follower asked him 'Would you really want to take it?' the former England international came back with a positive response.

"It Would be a challenge that i would want to take head on and win!" he said.

Campbell has been taking his coaching badges alongside infrequent appearances as a television pundit, whereby he's made a name for himself with several forthright views on various issues in the wider world of football.

He's still waiting for his first coaching role after finally calling time on his playing career in 2011 following a brief stint at Newcastle United.

The Aston Villa job would represent a serious baptism of fire for an inexperienced individual, with the club currently languishing in 18th place in the Premier League table after scoring just 12 goals in 25 games.

Paul Lambert was dismissed earlier this week after a disappointing run of results, and now American owner Randy Lerner is on the lookout for a successor to stave off the threat of dropping down to the Championship and retain Villa's top-flight status with a view to gaining maximum return on his forthcoming sale of the club.

It remains to be seen whether Lerner would be interested in speaking to Campbell about the position, but it's likely he'll opt for a candidate with significantly more experience to lower the risk of relegation.

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