CONFIRMED: Championship strugglers Aston Villa appoint Steve Bruce as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor

13 Oct

Steve Bruce has been confirmed as Aston Villa’s new manager.


The 55-year-old replaces Roberto Di Matteo, who was axed last month after just 124 days in the job.

Bruce, who spent a successful spell in charge of Villa’s Midlands rivals Birmingham, has signed a five-year contract with the Championship side.

Bruce told the club’s official site: “It’s a wonderful opportunity. It is one of the big clubs of this country. To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific.

“I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be – and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been given the chance. I hope I can do my stuff.”

Villa, relegated from the Premier League in May, are currently sitting 19th in the table having won just one of their opening 11 games.

Despite his Birmingham links, Bruce was seen as the ideal man to revive Villa’s fortunes having guided clubs to the Premier League on four separate occasions.

Twice he led Villa’s bitter rivals into the top-flight and he did the same for Hull last season before quitting in June following a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s owners.

The Tigers beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the play-off final last season but Bruce walked away in the summer after a disagreement over transfer policy with the owners.

He was also interviewed for the England job in the summer before he left the KC Stadium but lost out to Sam Allardyce.

Xia added: “I’m delighted to welcome Steve to the club. With his track record, not only at leading teams to promotion from the Championship but also vast experience in the Premier League, I believe we have secured the services of an excellent manager.”

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