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David Moyes turns down the open Aston Villa manager role

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BBC WM have reported that the Scot won't be joining Tony Xia at Aston Villa.

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Mere hours after our own MattVillan professed his love for David Moyes, the out-of-work Scot has turned down the open role at Aston Villa. Here's a snippet of what Matt had to say:

'Finally, Moyes is the one name who truly unites the fans, with by far the smallest minority of naysayers of all the contenders. With them onside, he is instantly granted a lease of life to perform without the shackles of having to win the 12th man over first, and hopefully would dampen the somewhat toxic atmosphere that at times envelops Villa Park.

If Moyes can have but the tiniest fraction of that success, we Villa fans will be most grateful indeed.'

Gutted.

This story comes from BBC WM, but no source is noted - we'll keep you posted. (Update: BBC Sport have also picked up the story).

Moyes was considered the fan favourite for the role at Villa Park and Tony Xia via Steve Hollis, will be set to hire either Roberto Di Matteo or Nigel Pearson in the coming days.