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Eriksson's agent seen leaving Villa Park

Sven-Goran Eriksson's agent Athole Still was spotted leaving Villa Park this evening amid speculation he is part of a consortium bidding to take control of the Premiership club.

It was an ironic twist on a day when Michael Neville's consortium tabled a formal £64million bid and American billionaire Randy Lerner was in lengthy talks with Villa chairman Doug Ellis.

It was revelations in a Sunday newspaper linking Eriksson with a move to Villa that were the catalyst for him departing his role as England coach after the World Cup finals.

Still hopped into a taxi without commenting and it remains to be seen whether he was part of a bid to buy Villa - or even acting on behalf of Eriksson.

Neville has constantly made it clear he regards Martin O'Neill as 'top of the tree' in terms of being the successor to David O'Leary.

And Lerner is also a big fan of the Irishman, although he was initially linked with bringing former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann to Villa Park before it became clear that move was not viable.

Neville said: 'I think the management position is the most important and that is the first port of call. We have someone lined up to come in.

'They are pre-committed to come in and I think people would be pretty excited. What Premiership club wouldn't want Martin O'Neill?

'He has been in for the England job and has been linked with Newcastle and Sunderland. He is top of the tree. He is a fantastic manager.'

Lerner made no comment after his talks with Ellis but he is certain to match the Neville offer.

There is also thought to be an unnamed consortium from Saudi Arabia considering whether to make a move to buy Villa.