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Ex-Villa star Mortimer wants British coach

Former Aston Villa midfielder Dennis Mortimer says he would like to see a British manager at the helm next season.

Villa are without a boss following the departure of Gerard Houllier this week and the former Villa star, who captained the club to the European Cup in 1982, feels his replacement should be homegrown.

"I would rather see a British manager in charge of Villa," Mortimer told the Express & Star.

"I just feel that we don't give our British managers much of a chance. 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.

"David Moyes has done well at Everton in difficult circumstances.

"You could also look at someone like Ian Holloway. Who is to say he couldn't do a good job with Villa? Some people might say he is only good for a club like Blackpool but that's wrong.

"People like Ian have done their apprenticeship and know what the game is about. They wear their heart of their sleeves and they are motivational managers but what is wrong with someone like that?"

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