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Bruce up for challenge as he takes Villa job

By Nick Mashiter

Steve Bruce is the new Aston Villa manager, the club have confirmed.

The 55-year-old replaces Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked after just 12 games last week.

Bruce returns to management after quitting Hull in the summer with Villa 19th in the Sky Bet Championship, just two points above the relegation zone.

He said: "It's a wonderful opportunity. 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."

Bruce becomes Villa's sixth manager, both caretaker and full time, since Tim Sherwood was appointed in February 2015.

His first game will be Saturday's local derby against Wolves at Villa Park with the club already 15 points behind leaders Huddersfield.

Villa owner Tony Xia said: "I'm delighted to welcome Steve to the 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."

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