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Alan Curbishley contacted over Aston Villa job

Alan Curbishley has been contacted about the vacant Aston Villa job but, contrary to widespread reports on Thursday, ESPNsoccernet can reveal that he has not been interviewed yet.

• McLeish is 'no Mourinho'

Curbishley would leap at the opportunity to replace Martin O'Neill in the Villa hotseat, should it be offered, having been overlooked by Fulham. However, he faces tough competition from the likes of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Ronald Koeman, Gianfranco Zola and Gerard Houllier who are also believed to be on the shortlist.

It has been claimed that Curbishley was being interviewed in London, however a source close to the former boss of Charlton and West Ham told Soccernet: "There has been contact, but no face-to-face talks. Alan would love the Villa job, though."

Curbishley told a Daily Mirror podcast earlier this summer: ''Anyone would be interested [in the Villa job] and I am, for sure. They are a massive club. I know a lot about them having played there and I would love it.''

Villa have contemplated going for a manager already in a job, with Fulham's Mark Hughes and Everton's David Moyes linked recently. Fresh reports have also put Birmingham boss Alex McLeish in the frame, as he fits owner Randy Lerner's criteria of Premier League experience and is thought to have fallen out with the Birmingham board following a jibe from vice-chairman Peter Pannu that the Scot is "no Jose Mourinho".

Birmingham were willing to reward their manager with a new deal after guiding them to ninth having won promotion the season before, but with McLeish expecting his modest £750,000 a year salary to rise to £1 million, the club could stand firm and allow Villa to swoop.

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