By Harvey Byrne

Dion Dublin has claimed that the pressure is on new Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce after his appointment earlier in the week.

The 55-year-old former Birmingham boss took over the reigns after Roberto di Matteo was relieved from his duties in charge of the club earlier in the campaign.

The Villans have managed just one league win in the Championship this season and former Villa player Dublin believes that the pressure is now on Bruce, who’s taking over a club “with loads of history.”

“You don’t get time anymore,” started Dublin, a pundit for the BBC during Saturday morning’s Football Focus on BBC. “Roberto di Matteo didn’t get any time at all, it didn’t work for him. Fair enough, get someone else in, fine.

“To choose Brucey, for me, he’s the right man for the job with who’s on offer. I think he’s top of the tree, he knows the job backwards. He’ll get a lot of respect from the players and Brucey’s right, he’s going to a football club, which we both (Martin Keown) played for with loads of history. Pressure’s on him.”

Villa are currently sat in the relegation zone of the Championship in 22nd place after suffering relegation from the Premier League in the last campaign.

Bruce will lead his side for his first clash against Wolves in the evening kick off on Saturday with their midlands rivals sat in 14th.

Villa lost their last league encounter 2-0 against Preston and they will be keen to turn their poor form around as soon as possible under Bruce.

In other Aston Villa news, Robbie Savage believes Bruce will be the perfect fit for Villa because he is an “old school” manager.