By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce has revealed his surprise at the size of Aston Villa as he enters his first month in charge of the club.
Promotion expert Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo as manager in early November, where he has since gone on a five-match unbeaten run.
Villa have picked up three wins and two draws under his guidance, the same amount of points his predecessor Di Matteo managed to record in 11 fixtures.
Nonetheless, the former centre-back has explained the one thing he has realised since he stepped foot onto the Villa Park turf.
“But Aston Villa… they are one of the big clubs,” Bruce told the Mirror. “The tradition and history here is remarkable. I have obviously played here before many times, but it is only when you are here, working and seeing things close-up that you realise what a huge club this is.
“My first game was against Wolves at home. A derby. They are always tough. We drew 1-1.
“But it was a few days later when I realised what a fan base this club has. We were at Reading and hadn’t won away for 14 months. You know how many fans we had? More than 5,000.”
Despite their poor start to the season, Villa are still the only team in the Championship, who have not lost a home fixture.
They beat lowly Blackburn Rovers during their last game, when striker Jonathan Kodjia scored a brace as the Midlands outfit came from behind to secure back-to-back home wins.
After the international break Villa will travel to Brighton to take on the promotion chasing Seagulls, who are currently sitting in an automatic spot.
In other Aston Villa team news, supporters on Twitter want to see the back of this senior figure as reports suggest he could leave in January.