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Ex-Ireland international Townsend linked with Aston Villa DOF role

The TV pundit is believed to be contemplating a move to help the struggling club.

Townsend has worked as a TV pundit since retiring from football.
Townsend has worked as a TV pundit since retiring from football.
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EX-IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Andy Townsend is contemplating a return to Aston Villa as Director of Football, according to reports.

Townsend, who made over 100 appearances for Villa during a four-year spell at the club, is wanted in the role by chairman Steve Hollis, according to The Sun.

The 52-year-old, who has worked as a TV pundit since retiring, would be tasked with finding a successor to Remi Garde, whose departure from the club was announced last month, with Villa bottom of the Premier League and almost certain to be relegated.

The Maidstone-born former midfield player, who earned 70 caps for Ireland, would also work in an advisory role alongside the new manager and help with player recruitment.

Townsend, while excited by the idea, is also understood to be wary of accepting the challenge, and is awaiting further clarifications on his role before agreeing to come on board.

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