Aston Villa have been linked with several names after they sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday, and the latest name to be thrown into the mix is former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, Sky Sports News have revealed.

The former Trinidad and Tobago international has told Sky Sports that he has applied for the vacant manager’s job at Aston Villa.

The news comes as a surprise, given that Yorke has next to no managerial experience. The 46-year-old spent one year as the assistant manager for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, but has told Sky Sports that he has all the necessary qualifications and abilities to become the manager of Aston Villa.

He said:

“It’s a job I’m 100% interested in, I’ve made it very clear I’d like to speak to the football club. Whether that happens or not I’m still waiting on a telephone call.

“I’ve made the necessary move and I’ve sent in my CV and I’m actually trying to make contact with the chief executive of the football club so I’m doing everything on my side to make sure I’m given that opportunity to speak to that football club.

“I’ve seen the club go from a very strong club in world football to where it is at the moment. I’ve felt that the club do need something a bit new.”

Yorke revealed that he has spoken to former Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood to gather a better understanding of the club before applying for the manager’s job.

“I’ve spoken with Tim and asked him what was the matter with the club. He gave me an insight into what he might have failed on and not got right, so having that knowledge from Tim does give me more of an insight in what is needed at the football club.

“Aston Villa need something new. I played for them and understand the club and understand what the fans expect. I feel I can bring a winning mentality back to the football club.”

Aston Villa have been linked with several managers since Bruce was let go. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, Brentford manager Dean Smith, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and former Aston Villa and Chelsea defender John Terry have all been linked to the manager’s job at Villa Park.