Steve Bruce believes managing Aston Villa would be “a terrific job” and hopes to hear if he will be appointed this week.
The former Birmingham and Hull City manager has held initial discussions with the Villans, and is now considered the leading contender for the position along with current caretaker boss Steve Clarke.
“I’ve had a chat with them. That’s as far as it’s gone,” Bruce told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme.
“They did say they’re in a process, which you have to respect. I’m hoping that I hear something this week. It would be a terrific job.
“I’m sure everybody would agree that it’s one of the big clubs of this country.
“It needs a little bit of turning round at the moment, but they’ve got a huge support and it’s a big, big club.
“Let’s hope I hear something.”
Bruce spent almost six years at Villa’s city rivals Birmingham and has been out of work since leaving Hull in July.
Villa, who play Wolves on Saturday, are looking for a new manager after sacking Roberto Di Matteo, just 12 games into his reign, following a poor start to the season.