Written by Luke Evans
Former Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland and Hull manager Steve Bruce says managing Aston Villa would be “terrific” and hopes to hear something in the next week.
Steve Bruce, who has had initial discussions with Aston Villa is now considered the leading man for the job – ahead of current caretaker manager Steve Clarke.
Speaking to Goals on Sunday this morning, he said: “I’ve had a chat with them. That’s how far it’s gone.”
If Bruce is the successor to Roberto Di Matteo – he will play Wolves and Birmingham, who are two huge derbies in the Midlands.
I think that Bruce would be a great appointment for Aston Villa, for a start he is Championship proven and has a wealth of experience behind him. Bringing fierce rivals Birmingham City up and being a big part at St. Andrews may provide a barrier for success should things not run smoothly instantly but his time at Hull would suggest this could be the perfect fit. He was about the only candidate I believe that can transform the Villain’s fortunes and give them a good shot at promotion come the end of May.
The situation at Villa Park is not too dissimilar to the one where Bruce steered the Tigers to promotion the first time. He won’t have his own stamp on things with the Summer window gone but he still has the capabilities to drive Villa forwards. The club also possesses good defenders and this will suit the former Manchester United man. He can mould this defence and improve it which should see better results. His time being a defender should help and while being a defensive minded manager it might do wonders for Aston Villa with a bundle of attacking talent at the club.
Aston Villa fans, would this be a good appointment? Let us know in the comments below!
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