Steve Bruce has been appointed as the new boss of Aston Villa.He becomes the fifth manager to take the reins at Villa Park in a year, but boasts the required EFL credentials to steady the ship and ensure they pull away from 19th spot in the Sky Bet Championship table.
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The former Hull City chief has achieved promotion from the division on four separate occasions, twice with Villa's rivals Birmingham City and twice with Hull.
2001/02: Birmingham City – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off winners
2006/07: Birmingham City – Sky Bet Championship runners-up
2012/13: Hull City – Sky Bet Championship runners-up
2015/16: Hull City – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off winners
Bruce faces quite the task at Villa however, with the Midlands club having won just four of their previous 49 league fixtures.
Many will view it as an uphill battle, but the Northumberland-born manager seems excited by the challenge ahead.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” he explained.
“I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be.
“It is one of the big clubs of this country. To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific. I hope I can do my stuff.”
His predecessor, Roberto di Matteo, lasted just 124 days in charge of the Villans, and was relieved of his duties after just one win in 11 Sky Bet Championship fixtures.