By Dominic Toner

Stan Collymore has claimed that Steve Bruce and David Wagner are the leading choices for the vacant managerial position at Aston Villa.

The club announced on their official website on Monday that Roberto Di Matteo had been sacked after 123 days in charge.

Villa are now searching for a new manager to help the club from their poor start to the season.

They currently sit 19th in the table and have completed just one victory in the league this season.

Broadcaster and ex-Villa striker Collymore has claimed that Bruce and Wagner are the preferred options to take over at Villa Park.

“Steve Bruce and David Wagner are AVFC (Aston Villa’s) leading candidates,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Former Hull manager Bruce is currently without a club since leaving the Tigers in the summer, after guiding them to the Premier League via the play-offs last season.

The 55-year-old has four promotion wins on his CV and would certainly provide experience to a struggling Villa side.

The Midlands club are already 10 points adrift of the play-off places and have struggled with their first experience of the Championship.

Current Huddersfield boss Wagner is the other option named by Collymore and his side are currently top of the league after defying the odds to climb to the second tier summit.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season in comprehensive fashion and the club will be desperate for a new manager who can return them to the top-flight.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to speculation that Sam Allardyce will be their next manager.