Done Deal: Aston Villa appoint Steve Bruce hours after Steve McClaren takes over at Derby

“It’s a wonderful opportunity”

Steve Bruce

Bruce said: “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.”


Owner Dr Tony Xia said: “I’m delighted to welcome Steve to the football 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.


“I have had good conversations with Steve and we look forward to working with him.”

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