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Midlands club are set to name their third boss in as many seasons this summer and the England forward feels that the team can improve on their 16th-place finish under a new coach

Darren Bent wants Aston Villa to bring stability to the club by appointing a new manager who can take them forward next season.

Alex McLeish was sacked last week after a poor campaign in which Villa won just seven Premier League matches, finshing 16th in the table.

The Midlands side are looking to make their third managerial appointment in as many seasons, with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Robert Di Matteo, Paul Lambert and Roberto Martinez all thought to be in the running for the job.

"There's lots of clubs where the manager's been in charge for a while and you watch the club grow," Bent told the Birmingham Mail.

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"Villa under Martin O'Neill, back in the day, finished sixth three years in a row and were on the up before whatever happened, happened.

"A new manager will bring stability to Aston Villa so that the club can move forward and grow.

"It's exciting. We have no idea who it will be but whoever it is I am sure they'll come in, do a good job, take that passion for Villa and take us where we belong.

"There are good players and with one or two additions that the manager will have in mind I'm sure we will have a better season than the last."