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Published: 19:42 | 12/10/16

Bruce named Villa boss

Steve Bruce has been named as the new manager of Aston Villa.

Bruce has been out of work since leaving Hull ahead of the new season and he replaces Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked after just 12 games in charge.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season but have made a poor start to life in the Championship to sit 19th, just two points above the relegation zone.

"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," Bruce told Villa's official website.

"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, who becomes Villa's sixth manager since Tim Sherwood's appointment in February 2015, has enjoyed spells at Sunderland, Wigan and Birmingham. He was interviewed by the Football Association for the England manager's job but missed out to Sam Allardyce.

"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," owner Tony Xia commented.

Bruce's first game in charge will be Saturday's clash with Wolves at Villa Park.

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