Steve Bruce To Be Appointed Aston Villa’s 6th Manager In One Year

Steve Bruce is set to be named as the new manager of Championship side Aston Villa on Wednesday (today)

Bruce, 55, left Hull City in July and will succeed Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked on 3 October, at Villa Park.

The club’s owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia tweeted to say an announcement will be made, adding: “Time for all to stand together and back the team. Believe we’ve made the best try.”

Villa are 19th in the league table and host Wolves on Saturday.

Shortly after Dr Xia’s tweet, Bruce appeared as a pundit on ITV Sport and said: “All I can say is I think I’m in the frame. I’m expecting a phone call tomorrow and we will see what comes from there.”

Bruce guided Hull City into the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May prior to leaving, his fourth promotion from the Championship in an 18-year managerial career.

The former Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland boss was interviewed for the England job before Sam Allardyce was appointed in July.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season and turned to former Chelsea boss Di Matteo.

However, a run of just one win in 10 Championship matches saw the 2012 Champions League winner sacked after just 124 days in charge.

Bruce, who managed Villa’s rivals Birmingham City between 2001 and 2007, will become their sixth manager since Tim Sherwood took charge in February 2015.

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