Collins supporting MacDonald

Villa defender happy caretaker wants the job

Collins: Support for MacDonald

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Aston Villa defender James Collins has stated that he would welcome Kevin MacDonald becoming manager on a permanent basis.

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MacDonald took the reins as caretaker boss following Martin O'Neill's shock departure from Villa Park just five days before the Premier League season kicked off.

The Scot has been with the club for 15 years after joining then-boss Brian Little's coaching staff from Leicester, and has become one of the most respected members of the backroom team.

He now wants to be considered by owner Randy Lerner to take the role full-time, and Collins was pleased with his decision.

"Kevin has been at the club a long time and has the total respect of the players," Collins said.

"All the players have worked with him when they have been coming back from injury in the reserves.

"It would be great for him. There would be no grumblings coming from Aston Villa and I think he has done a great job.

"We have all got the highest respect for him."

Response

MacDonald has experienced mixed results during his tenure in charge, with an opening day win over West Ham and a victory over Everton on Sunday.

However a 6-0 demolition at the hands of Newcastle and an early exit from the Europa League by Rapid Vienna has led for some to question his ability to manage at the highest level.

Collins, however, denied that this was down to MacDonald's management, and that the team have responded to his instructions, but believes a decision over who should be in charge must be made during the international break.

"He told us, coming off the back of a 6-0, we had to show some fight in front of our home fans," he added.

"He made sure we knew it was a big game. He gave us the rallying cry and we responded.

"We haven't got a game for a couple of weeks and it's about time we got something sorted.

"Hopefully it'll be done by the time we get back."