By Harry Sykes

Stephen Clemence has joined Steve Bruce’s backroom staff at Aston Villa, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Villa announced on their official website that they had clinched the signing of Clemence after prising him from Bruce’s former club Hull.

The Championship outfit revealed that Clemence will have the title of first-team coach at the Midlands club.

The deal has been completed in time for Clemence to be in the dugout at the weekend, when Villa welcome Wolves to their home stadium.

Bruce, who was appointed the new Villa manager on Wednesday, wants to bring in his own backroom staff in yet another reshuffle of the coaching team at the club.
The pair worked together at both Sunderland and Hull, where Clemence  progressed in the senior coaching ranks to earn his UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge this summer.

Owner Tony Xia appointed former Champions League winning manager Di Matteo in June, with the Italian naming his former Chelsea teammate Clarke as his assistant.

However, their reigns were short lived, with Di Matteo sacked after 124 days and now Clarke set to follow in his footsteps out of Villa Park.

Under Di Matteo’s and Clarke’s stewardship Villa recorded one win in 12 Championship and EFL Cup fixtures, including a 3-1 defeat to fourth-tier side Luton Town.

Villa are 19th in the Championship with ten points from 11 games ahead of Saturday’s clash against Wolves.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s midfield ace has this message ahead of the Midlands clash with Wolves.