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Bruce new Villa manager

Championship side Aston Villa has hired former Hull City and Birmingham manager Steve Bruce as the new boss at Villa Park.

Bruce, 55, left newly promoted Hull City just three weeks before the start of the Premier League season after the club failed to invest in the squad. The former Manchester United player will now try to help Villa reach the goal of gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Bruce said. “It is one of the big clubs of this country. 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. I am absolutely delighted to have been given the chance. I hope I can do my stuff.”

Villa owner Tony Xia said: “I’m delighted to welcome Steve to the football Club. With his track record, not only at leading teams to promotion from the Championship but also vast experience in the Premier League, I believe we have secured the services of an excellent manager.

“I have had good conversations with Steve and we look forward to working with him.”

Chief Executive Keith Wyness added: “In the recent transfer window we focused on character, personality and experience. These three words can be applied in spades to Steve Bruce and I look forward to working closely with him as we turn the Club around and get us back to where we all want to be.”

Villa sits in 19th place in the Championship table with 10 points in 11 matches.

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