Dwight Yorke lands first managerial job after Aston Villa snub

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has been appointed head coach of Australian side Macarthur FC.

The 50-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the A-League club in his first managerial role. Yorke previously worked as an assistant coach at Sunderland and with the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Yorke talked about his struggle to break into management , despite the support of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The former goalscorer has already applied for the top job at Villa Park and also met co-owner Wes Edens last year to replace John Terry as Dean Smith’s assistant coach.

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The striker also shared that he contacted Edens to replacing Smith in November , before the appointment of Steven Gerrard. However, Yorke has now secured his first managerial job with Sydney-based club Macarthur FC.

“I am extremely excited in what is my first ever full-time senior coaching role, to take the helm of Macarthur FC,” Yorke said . “Having played in the first men’s A-League season, I have continuously followed the competition and am aware of the demands of the football and the fans in Australia.

“I look forward to adding a positive contribution and improving the game at all levels, but of course my main focus will be with the Bulls, to deliver them success and a style of football that defines me as a player.”

Yorke, who has finished his Pro license, will be eager to kick off his managerial career and will find Premier League experience in his squad thanks to former Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and ex-Blues midfielder Jordan Mutch. Macarthur was formed in 2017, following a merger of two offers to join the A-League, and general manager Sam Krslovic has spoken of Yorke’s arrival.

“On behalf of the Macarthur FC board, I welcome Dwight to the club,” he said. “Dwight’s football exposure and achievements speak for themselves. As a young club, Dwight’s appointment is synonymous with our evolution.”

Yorke began his career with Villa after being scouted by Graham Taylor in 1989, where he would go on to score 98 goals in 287 games, before signing for Manchester United in a £12.6m deal in 1998. The striker then played for Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, as well as Sydney FC, before ending his playing career with Sunderland in 2009.