Villa raid imminent

Hull are bracing themselves for a raid on the club’s coaching staff when Steve Bruce is unveiled as Aston Villa’s new manager.

Hull: Villa raid imminentHull: Villa raid imminent

Villa have been seeking a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season which has left them 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Former Tigers boss Bruce had been considered favourite for the post and the 55-year-old is now poised to be confirmed as the new Villa manager.

Villa owner Tony Xia revealed on Tuesday night that Di Matteo’s replacement should be unveiled in the next 24 hours, and although he did not name any names, Bruce is thought to be the man.

If that is the case then one of Bruce’s first jobs will be to put his backroom team in place, and that will more than likely mean an attempted raid on the KCOM Stadium.

City’s first-team coach Stephen Clemence and long-serving goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh, will be targeted, and with Mike Phelan’s future yet to be resolved, they are likely to be keen on a switch to Villa.

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