Yorke, who played for Aston Villa between 2004 and 2007, met Wes Edens when John Terry replaced him at Chelsea. Yorke told the New York Times that while he had not forgiven Terry for his role in the club’s relegation from Premier League competition in 2011, he found it difficult to focus on football after watching him manage Chelsea during their season-long slide.
Yorke added that he was told he couldn’t be interviewed because of a lack of experience, but if that’s the case, why did Villa interview Villa legend Ian Taylor for the role? For Yorke to get an interview with Villa would be a dream come true, even if it’s only for one game. He said: “I applied for the Aston Villa job, and I didn’t get a response from them. It hurts me because my family and friends are all Villa fans.”
Yorke’s frustrations have been well documented over the years, with the former Manchester United and England striker having previously voiced his belief that black managers are not being given a chance. “I’ve just had a bit of a kick in the teeth,” Yorke told Sky Sports. “I would love to manage Aston Villa, and I think I’m ready for it. “What is it about Aston Villa that you don’t give me an interview? It does make me angry. I’ve got no idea why they wouldn’t give me an interview.”
Yorke has made his feelings on Villa clear in the past, but he has consistently refused to manage despite being asked by several clubs to take over. He added: “It’s not something I want to do, but if they want me, then fine. But if they don’t want me, then fine as well.” Yorke was linked with taking over at Norwich City earlier this season as their new manager Chris Hughton was sacked.
The Villa legend also had a spell as assistant manager at Villa Park in 2015, and he said that he would like to return to Villa Park in a coaching role. “I would love to work for the club again,” Yorke added. “I love it there, and I’d be interested in helping out with the under-23s.”
Yorke has also been linked with a return to management at Championship side Rotherham United, but he did not rule that out when asked if he could manage his hometown club. “It’s not something I’ve ruled out,” Yorke said.
Yorke was asked about being linked with the vacant manager’s post at Derby County and talked about his interest in the role. “I’d love to,” Yorke added. “It’s a big club, and it’s a good league.” Yorke played for Villa from 1989 to 2002, making over 300 appearances in all competitions, and he scored 63 goals in that time. He won four FA Cups at Villa Park and lifted the League Cup twice. “I’m very proud of my achievement,” Yorke said.