By Will Butcher

Former Aston Villa star Ian Taylor has revealed on Twitter that he thinks Steve Bruce will be treated the same as any other manager at Villa Park.

Bruce is expected to be announced as Villa’s new manager, as chairman Tony Xia aims to complete a deal to replace Roberto Di Matteo before Saturday’s tea-time clash against Midlands rivals Wolves.

Taylor, who also played for Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday, posted a message on his personal Twitter account stating that if Bruce does not perform he will face “the inevitable.”

Former Chelsea and Schalke manager Di Matteo was sacked by Xia after failing to turn around the club’s fortunes following last season’s relegation from the Premier League.

One win in 12 league and cup encounters has left the Midlands giants languishing above the Championship relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s derby.

Villa’s dismal start to the Championship campaign comes after £60million of Xia’s money was splashed out on new talent this summer on the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester.

But Bruce, who has an impressive reputation of getting teams promoted from the second tier of English football, will be looking to change the that.

The former Sunderland, Birmingham and Hull manager has achieved promotion from the Championship four times throughout his managerial career – twice with Birmingham and twice with Hull – and Villa fans will be hoping a fifth is on the cards this season.

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