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Southgate insists Aston Villa still one of best jobs in game

Gareth Southgate insists the Aston Villa job remains one of the most coveted in the game.

The former Middlesbrough boss feels the manager's job is still a highly sought after role despite Villa struggling to fend off interest in their top performers.

"It is a big, big job and Aston Villa are a fantastic football club to play for and to manage." said Southgate to the Sunday Mercury.

"Doug (Ellis) has passed it on in a real great bill of health.

"They've got a great stadium, Randy Lerner is running it well and it will be an attractive job for a lot of managers out there.

"The owners are in a good position and they have shown again this year that they will back the manager with the signing of Darren Bent.

"The facilities at the training ground are great and there are some outstanding players at the club who know how to play football.

"They've not had the best of years last season, but it didn't help when they lost their manager (Martin O'Neill) just a few days before the start of the season.

"That's always going to have a big impact on any club."

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