Aston Villa Sacks Coach Steve Bruce, Names Replacement

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Aston Villa has decided it is time to part ways with manager Steve Bruce after winning just one game out of ten.

CEO Christian Purslow had intended to give the manager till international break but the club owners Nassefs Sawiris and Wes Edens have decided to wield the axe and send the manager and his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh out.

A club statement read: “Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that manager Steve Bruce and his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh are leaving their posts with immediate effect after having their contracts terminated.

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“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.

“The process of recruiting a new manager has begun. In the meantime, Kevin MacDonald, Aston Villa U23s manager, will be in charge of the team for our trip to Millwall on Saturday.”

The manager had a cabbage thrown at him before last night’s draw with Preston. The 57-year-old, had large sections of home fans chanting, ‘We want Brucie out’.

“To say it’s disappointing is an understatement for a club like this, (the cabbage was thrown) before we had even started,” he said.

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“The guy who is being questioned…unfortunately, it sums up the society we are in at the moment. There’s no respect for anyone.

“Certainly for someone like him, I’m surprised he knew what a cabbage was. I find the whole thing hugely disrespectful.”