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Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has applied for the vacant managerial role at Villa Park and believes he can get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

Yorke, who played for Villa between 1989 and 1998, has handed in his CV to the club again, having gone for the job before the appointment of Steve Bruce – who was sacked on Wednesday.

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Villa’s caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald revealed on Friday that the club are already looking at potential candidates and he expects an appointment to be made before their match against Swansea on October 20.

Yorke claims to have the backing of one of his former managers, Sir Alex Ferguson, and believes he has the relevant qualifications, despite only having the experience of a brief stint as Trinidad and Tobago’s assistant manager.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Yorke said: “I know I can go in there, play good football and get them promoted. When I see Villa struggling, I want to help. People associate me with Man United but Villa is where it all started for me.

“I’ve got a burning ambition, so much belief and commitment. I’ve got a connection with the fans and surely having that rapport will give you a massive advantage.

“I’ve got a recommendation from Sir Alex. I’ve got his backing and he says that if I need his support then he’s on the end of the phone. He wouldn’t say that unless he believed I could do the job.

“I’m sitting in Dubai, if you could see the view from my apartment then you’d think I was nuts, but I’d love to get into management. I wouldn’t go anywhere near it unless I thought I could do the job.

“Villa, to me, seem like they need something new. I sent my CV in, but I’m not sure if it’ll be read or looked at.”

Yorke added: “I applied for the job before Brucie, didn’t even get a response let alone an interview. Having played there for ten years and I felt I knew how I could do the job.”