A famous piece of Aston Villa memorabilia has been put up for sale after former manager John Gregory decided to sell his V1LLA registration plate.

Gregory, who now manages Israeli Premier League side FC Ashdod, bought the plate for £40,000 in 2000, halfway through his four-year spell as manager.

The 56-year-old, who also played for Villa in the late 1970s, said: “Working and living in Israel, I don’t even get to drive my cars, let alone see the number plate

“I will always be a big Villa fan but I thought it was time for someone else to enjoy it as much as I have for the last nine years.”

The accessory is being sold on auction website eBay.

But the asking price of £39,000 appears to be putting people off with no bids received as of yesterday and the auction due to close on Saturday.

The plate, advertised with the strap line ‘Genuine V1LLA which looks exactly like VILLA’, is being sold by a seller using the name S7ew1g.

The advert reads: “A stunning number plate if you are a strong Aston Villa fan or Spanish property tycoon!

“Currently owned by Ex Aston Villa personnel. The plate is on retention ready for transfer. Serious bidders only please.”

Famously, former owner Doug Ellis accidentally crashed his Rolls Royce, with the number plate AV1, into Gregory’s similarly plated Range Rover in the Villa car park.

Gregory joined Villa as a coaching assistant under Brian Little between 1994 and 1996. He rejoined in 1998 following a spell as manager of Wycombe Wanderers and led the team to an FA Cup final in 2000.