Steve Bruce is the ideal man to lead Aston Villa’s revival, Clinton Morrison has told talkSPORT 2.
Bruce is favourite with bookmakers to become Villa’s next boss, but the club’s owner Dr Tony Xia is said to harbour concerns about how the appointment would go down with supporters given his spell in charge of their bitter rivals Birmingham.
But Morrison, who played under the 55-year-old at St Andrew’s, says Xia should forget about his Blues past and hand him the task of reviving his club’s fortunes.
Bruce led Birmingham and Hull to Premier League promotion and Morrison says he can do the same for Villa, who are struggling in the Championship after losing their top-flight status last season.
“If you think of all the managers who are out there and who are available, he is the one that knows the Championship inside out and knows the Premier League, and that is obviously where Aston Villa want to get to,” said the former Republic of Ireland international, who was Birmingham’s record signing when he was brought to St Andrew’s by Bruce in a £4.25million deal in 2002.
“If Aston Villa actually do get Steve Bruce, they have got one hell of a manager. He is probably one of the best managers I have played for.
“Man management is key. Not so much what he does on the training pitch, it is what he does in the changing room before the game and how he sets out his teams to win games.
“He knows how to get teams out of that league and he knows how to get teams to survive in the Premier League.
“Let’s be honest, Aston Villa, even though I played for Birmingham, are a big club. They have spent some incredible money this summer so they should be there, they shouldn’t be near the bottom of the Championship.
“If they do get Steve Bruce, it is one hell of a coup. He would do a great job.”