Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has made it clear he is very much his own man when it comes to doing his job.

O'Neill would not welcome the kind of situation Jose Mourinho found himself in when he had to work with a director of football at Stamford Bridge.

Referring to the Mourinho scenario, O'Neill said: "In the case of appointing a director of football, I am sure the owner of the club would ask me and of course I would say 'no'.

"If the owner has the sort of relationship where the manager is allowed to do what he wants, that is the only thing a manager can ever ask for - to be in charge of affairs. That is the way I've tried to work.

"If I thought there was some sort of interference I would acknowledge that I wasn't overly pleased with it.

"But you have to earn the right (by) doing well at the football club."