Villa to hold off getting new manager

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May 07, 2016
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, right, scores his hatrick past Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, England on January 30, 2016. Manchester City won the game 4-0. (AP Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AP:

Aston Villa are set to hold off hiring a new manager until the relegated English Premier League club is sold.

Villa chairman Steve Hollis said in a statement yesterday that the club were in "very constructive" talks with interested parties which could lead to a sale, and "the appointment of a manager is at this time inextricably linked to the current negotiations."

With two games left, Villa a seven-time English champion and a European champion from 1982 are assured of finishing in last place this season and will drop out of the Premier League for the first time. The club are owned by American businessman Randy Lerner.

Remi Garde left as Villa manager by mutual consent in March and is yet to be replaced.

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