Warnock - MacDonald can do it
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock believes Kevin MacDonald is capable of becoming full-time boss.
Last Updated: 22/08/10 1:52pm
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock believes caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald is capable of getting the job on a permanent basis.
MacDonald became caretaker manager in the wake of Martin O'Neill's departure just five days before the start of the new season and has done much to lift the doom and gloom that surrounded the club.
Villa routed West Ham 3-0 in their opening game of the Premier League and secured a 1-1 draw to bring back to England from Rapid Vienna in their Europa League qualifier first leg.
The 49-year-old was already in a coaching role at Villa before O'Neill left and clearly has the respect and the support of his players, with Warnock suggesting MacDonald could do the top job full-time.
"That's not for me to say at the moment. I'm enjoying working with him, and if he got the job then that would be great," he said.
"It's a tough decision for the chairman at the moment because it's a big club, one that is ambitious.
"But if he did get the job he is a good manager, and he is more than capable of doing the job here."
The England full-back also admitted that the surprise of O'Neill's exit was a blow, but the players had to knuckle down and get on with their jobs.
"When Martin walked out it was a bit of a shock to everyone because I don't think anyone expected it, but you have to move on," Warnock added.
"When I was at Blackburn and Liverpool we lost managers. It's part and parcel of football.
"You can't worry about whether the manager is going to remain in charge or whatever. You just have to get on with your job and put in a performance."