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Aston Villa to formally interview top managerial candidate in next 48 hours

Aston Villa are reportedly set to interview Steve Bruce regarding the current vacant managerial spot at the club in the next 48 hours.

The 55-year-old is available after leaving Hull City prior to this season starting, and has been in contention to be appointed Roberto Di Matteo’s successor at Villa Park.

Following a run of just one win in 11 games to start the Championship campaign, the Italian paid the price and was sacked last week with Villa sitting in 19th place in the table and well off the pace in terms of promotion.

According to The Telegraph, it appears as though Bruce is edging ever closer to being appointed the man to turn their season around, and it’s claimed that he’s already held preliminary talks with Villa officials about taking the job.

It’s also added in the report that backroom staff and the January transfer window have already been discussed between the two parties, but the interview will tell them both more about whether or not it’s the right fit with caretaker manager Steve Clarke another option at this stage.

Bruce will likely split opinion given his history with Villa’s fierce rivals Birmingham City, but that was nine years ago and his record of securing promotion to the Premier League on four separate occasions should be more than enough to ensure many supporters forget about his past allegiance.

Villa face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park next weekend, but it remains to be seen whether or not a new man will be at the helm in time. Given that they made the decision to part company with Di Matteo at the start of the international break, it was evidently part of the strategy to have plenty of time to have someone in place for their next league outing.

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