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Dwight Yorke

Discovered by then-manager Graham Taylor, Dwight Yorke started his football career with Aston Villa with a trial contract in 1989. He would end his time almost a decade later as one of the best marksmen the Midlands club has ever produced.

In 1998 Yorke helped orchestrate a move to Manchester United. The Villans didn’t want to lose their key talisman, but he eventually got his wish in a £12.6 million move.

He quickly established himself as the perfect attacking partner for Andy Cole, with the two forcing Teddy Sheringham onto the bench.

In his first season, the Trinidad and Tobago representative helped United to their famous treble. He ended his first season as the Premier League’s top scorer with 18 goals and despite failing to score in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, he did score in the earlier rounds against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus.

Video: watch Yorke and his teammates celebrate the semi-final victory over Juventus here

After spells with Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC – helping the Sky Blues to the first ever A-League title – and Sunderland, Yorke retired in 2009.

He completed his B coaching badge in 2011 and is currently working with Sky Sports as a pundit.

After Tim Sherwood’s sacking as Villa manager in October, Yorke declared he was the right man to fill the gap, but the club instead appointed Frenchman Remi Garde. – KT