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Little fears for Aston Villa over manager snubs

Former Aston Villa boss Brian Little fears for his old club.

Little, who spent his entire playing career at the club and led Villa to Coca-Cola Cup triumph in 1996, reckons it will take a huge effort to get the club back to where they were before Gerard Houllier's ill-fated season in charge.

Little said: "Last summer was obviously a turning point for the club - Martin [O'Neill] had done a great job and the club had ­re-established itself among the top six or seven.

"Since he left, it has been very difficult for them.

"The team are capable of being competitive but they need a manager in there to steady the ship. There must be a lot of people who want that job - there has to be."

But Little knows the club will have to break the bank to challenge the big four.

He also told the Sunday Mirror: "The top four is the stumbling block.

"If you're not in that little group and a player has the ability to get into a top-four club, somewhere along the line you lose them."

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