Aston Villa sack Steve Bruce after run of bad results

Hope Soto
October 4, 2018

They were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Preston North End on Tuesday.

Steve Bruce has been sacked as Aston Villa manager less than five months after leading them to the Championship play-off final.

A further statement issued on behalf of the board said: "We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment". We wish them well for the future.

During his playing days the former defender accumulated over 300 appearances for Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, a brace of FA Cups and League Cups, a couple of Community Shields, plus two UEFA Super Cups, before ending his career over at Bayer Leverkusen.

The most exciting and perhaps most ambitious name on Villa's apparent wishlist is Rafa Benitez, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Newcastle boss is one target for the new majority shareholders.

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Villa confirmed on their website that Bruce and his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh were leaving their posts with immediate effect after having their contracts terminated.

After failing to secure a return to the top flight in May that would have been worth in excess of £160m, owner Dr Tony Xia was understood to have cash flow problems.

The former Birmingham City boss has come under huge pressure in recent weeks following the side's poor start to the Championship campaign.

John Terry is the standout name, but the likes of Dean Smith, Carlos Carvalhal and Graham Potter are also being considered.

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