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Steve Bruce set to be named Villa boss

Press AssociationPress Association 11/10/2016

Second-tier English football club Aston Villa are set to name Steve Bruce as manager.

Villa have been seeking a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season which has left the former English Premier League side 19th in the Championship.

Former Birmingham and Hull boss Bruce had been considered favourite for the post and the 55-year-old is now poised to be confirmed as the new Villa manager.

Villa owner Tony Xia revealed on Tuesday night that Di Matteo's replacement should be unveiled in the next 24 hours.

Xia wrote on his official Twitter account: "Scheduled to announce the new manager tomorrow! Time for all to stand together and back the team! Believe we've made the best try!"

Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, host Wolves on Saturday.

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