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Post  Guest on 2016-10-11, 11:58 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37610020

Steve Bruce is set to be named as the new manager of Championship side Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Bruce, 55, left Hull City in July and will succeed Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked on 3 October, at Villa Park.
The club's owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia tweeted to say an announcement will be made, adding: "Time for all to stand together and back the team. Believe we've made the best try."
Villa are 19th in the league table and host Wolves on Saturday.
Shortly after Dr Xia's tweet, Bruce appeared as a pundit on ITV Sport and said: "All I can say is I think I'm in the frame. I'm expecting a phone call tomorrow and we will see what comes from there."

  • 'Aston Villa would suit Bruce'


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Bruce guided Hull City into the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May prior to leaving, his fourth promotion from the Championship in an 18-year managerial career.
The former Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland boss was interviewed for the England job before Sam Allardyce was appointed in July.
Villa's managerial merry-go-round:
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  • Tim Sherwood: February to October 2015

  • Kevin MacDonald (caretaker): October to November 2015

  • Remi Garde: November 2015 to March 2016

  • Eric Black (caretaker): March to June 2016

  • Roberto di Matteo: June to October 2016


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Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season and turned to former Chelsea boss Di Matteo.
However, a run of just one win in 10 Championship matches saw the 2012 Champions League winner sacked after just 124 days in charge.
Bruce, who managed Villa's rivals Birmingham City between 2001 and 2007, will become their sixth manager since Tim Sherwood took charge in February 2015.
Steve Clarke, who served as Di Matteo's assistant and as caretaker following his sacking, was on the club's list of candidates for the role.

Analysis

Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live
How interesting it is going to be on 30 October when Steve Bruce takes the Aston Villa side to his former side Birmingham.
Steve Clarke was highly rated by the recruitment team of Keith Wyness, Villa's chief executive, former Villa manager Brian Little and technical director Steve Round.
Round has known Bruce for a long time, admired him for a long time and has always wanted to work with him.
He has massive experience - four promotions from the Championship to the Premier League. A safe pair of hands. Also, he has that personality, that affability.
He is just the man they need at the moment compared with the aloof Roberto di Matteo. I suspect Bruce will be bringing his own people in as well.[/size]
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Aston Villa: Steve Bruce appointed manager of Championship club

Aston Villa have named former Hull City and Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce as their new manager.
Former Manchester United captain Bruce, 55, who left Hull in July, succeeds Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked on 3 October, at Villa Park.
Bruce, who has lived in the Midlands since first joining Birmingham as a player in 1996, takes over with Villa 19th in the Championship table.
His first game in charge is at home to local rivals Wolves on Saturday.
Bruce will become the sixth man to pick the Villa team inside the last 12 months.
He then has matches against Reading and Fulham before returning to St Andrew's for the Blues-Villa derby on Sunday, 30 October in only his second away match.
"It is one of the big clubs of this country," said Bruce. "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."
Villa will begin life under Bruce 10 points behind Birmingham, the team occupying the last of the four play-off places in sixth.

Bruce's managerial record

Northumberland-born Bruce is into his 19th season in management, in which he has taken charge of 784 matches with eight clubs, winning promotion in each of his last four seasons at this level.
That followed a 20-year playing career at Gillingham, Norwich City, Manchester United and Birmingham before finishing as player-manager at Sheffield United.
After his first season in management at Bramall Lane, he spent 17 months with Huddersfield, and had short spells in charge of Wigan and Crystal Palace before becoming Birmingham manager in December 2001.
Taking over a Blues side in 10th position, he led them up via the play-offs that season to reach the Premier League for the first time. And, although relegated in their fourth season, he took them straight back up in 2007.
He returned to Wigan after leaving St Andrew's in November 2007, then had two and a half years at Sunderland, before joining Hull in 2012.
Bruce, who led Hull to the FA Cup final in 2014, twice won promotion with the Tigers to the Premier League, the second time via the Championship play-offs in May - his fourth promotion to English football's top flight.
He was interviewed for the England job before the appointment of Sam Allardyce in July.
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