Luke Young is calling for Aston Villa to fill their managerial vacancy as quickly as possible and backed caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald for the role.
MacDonald has promised to let Villa owner Randy Lerner know by Tuesday if he wants to be considered for the job on a permanent basis. Young believes he has the qualities to succeed but hopes Martin O'Neill's successor will be appointed sooner rather than later by Lerner.
The former England defender, hoping to rebuild his own career at the midlands club after scoring the winner in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with visiting Everton, said: "I hope now Kevin is given the chance if he wants to take it to be involved as manager."
He added: "I think it is important now to get this sorted out as quickly as possible.
"God forbid if we had lost on Sunday. It would have been a long two weeks before we play again and there would have been a lot of doom and gloom around.
"Perhaps we have given ourselves a little bit of breathing space to sort the managerial situation out.
"But I think, as a club and as a squad, we need to know now if it is going to be Kev or someone else.
"Hopefully that will be sorted out in the next week or so."
Young believes former Liverpool midfielder MacDonald has the qualities for the job despite his limited managerial experience.
He said: "I've worked with Kevin and I know he knows football inside out and he knows tactics and formations and he can see what is going right and what is going wrong. I've played under a few people who don't know half of what Kevin does so footballing-wise he knows his stuff."