Kevin MacDonald's Aston Villa job chances suffer blow
MacDonald is expected to find out about the role next week
Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has conceded that the club's Europa League exit could influence his chances of getting the job permanently.
MacDonald could not prevent Villa from slipping to a 3-2 home defeat against Rapid Vienna, 4-3 on aggregate.
Asked if the loss was a major blow to his hopes of securing the post, he was realistic in his appraisal.
"It may have an influence," he replied. "But I must stress it is the media who have put me up as first choice."
Former reserve-team coach MacDonald has been at the helm since Martin O'Neill's abrupt departure on 9 August.
Ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, former Villa star Gareth Southgate and United States coach Bob Bradley are all believed to be in the running as a long-term replacement.
Villa twice led against Vienna on Thursday, opening the scoring with a first-half goal from the returning Gabriel Agbonlahor before Emile Heskey responded to Atdhe Nuhiu's equaliser.
Villa might have led 3-1 by then, but Stiliyan Petrov had a penalty saved by the visitors' goalkeeper Raimund Hedl and Heskey failed to net a simple chance from the rebound.
It was a key moment for Villa, who were subsequently undone by goals from Mario Sonnleitner and substitute Rene Gartler, but MacDonald insists that his sole focus is the weekend's Premier League appointment with Everton.
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