By Amir Mir

Nigel Spink has denied claims he is set to join Steve Bruce at Aston Villa if he is given the managerial job.

The Sun claimed that 1982 European Cup winning goalkeeper Spink is is in line to become a member of Bruce’s backroom staff at the Midlands club.

Former Birmingham City manager Bruce is the frontrunner to fill the vacant managerial post at the Championship club, having confirmed on Sunday that he has held talks with the club.

Spink, 58, has now given the lowdown on the apparent approach by Bruce and why he would reject the offer to join the backroom staff.

“It’s not true,” Spink told BBC Radio WM. “I haven’t spoken to Steve for 18 months or so. I texted him at the end of the season before last when Hull got to the Cup Final and got a nice reply from him.”

When asked what his answer would be, if he were to be approached by Bruce, he said: “I’ve got to say that it would probably be a ‘no’. That will come as a surprise to a lot of Villa supporters but I think goalkeeper coaching is a younger man’s sport.

“I’m racing towards 60, although I don’t look like it.”

Spink was in goal when Villa famously beat German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 in 1982 in Rotterdam to lift the European Cup.

Villa are now languishing in the second-tier of English football, with 10 points from 11 league games, having secured only one win all season.

Caretaker boss Steve Clarke is currently in charge of first-team duties at Bodymoor Heath, with the former Chelsea assistant also in the frame to take over from the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.

In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s owner, Tony Xia has reacted angrily on Twitter after a report named him in a list of crazy European owners in football.