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Lerner using Cleveland Browns approach on Villa coaching structure

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner is using the coaching structure at the Cleveland Browns to solve his manager dilemma.

The People says Lerner has been caught up in a ­managerial dilemma since Martin O'Neill walked out of Villa Park five days before the start of the season.

But he was in a similar ­situation with his Cleveland side last year as the club ­suffered a difficult start. His solution was to ­appoint ­experienced Mike Holmgren as club president and ­allow him to oversee team ­operations while Eric Mangini ­continued as head coach.

The set-up has shown signs of success and Lerner fancies testing out the policy in the Premier League.

Villa have not yet decided on a formal title for Gerard Houllier but Lerner has been hugely impressed by his credentials and director of football seems his most likely position.

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