By Amir Mir

Ian Holloway has backed Steve Bruce to get Aston Villa “moving forward” after his appointment as manager on Wednesday evening.

Sky Sports pundit Holloway believes Bruce will register a 1-1 draw in his first game in charge against Midlands rivals Wolves on Saturday evening.

Former Birmingham City and Hull City boss Bruce was appointed manager of the Championship club by Villa chief Tony Xia after he axed Roberto Di Matteo as manager after 124 days in charge.

Now Holloway has backed the former Manchester United centre-back to use his experience and help the Midlands giants in their push for promotion.

“Steve Bruce is one of my heroes,” Holloway wrote in his Sky Sports column. “He’ll get Villa moving forward in a way that only he knows how to.

“He’s got more experience in that department than Roberto Di Matteo had, who had been working at a different type of level with a different remit.

“Bruce will assess where the strengths and weaknesses in that squad lie immediately because he’d have been watching their bad start. When I look at Aston Villa’s squad, it’s a bit of a mismatch of who is going to play where.

“Whether he can get a win in his first game, which is a tough local derby, is another matter. Despite them losing their last three games, I liked the look of Wolves against Norwich, especially in the second half, and this is a team that have beat both Newcastle and Brentford this season.”

Villa have recorded a league high of seven draws this term, but have picked up only one victory in 11 Championship games.

They sit in 19th place with ten points, having last won a league game against lowly Rotherham in August.

Walter Zenga’s Wolves travel to Villa Park on Saturday evening having lost their previous three league encounters.

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