By Dominic Toner

Alex McLeish believes that Steve Bruce would be a “trusted” appointment as Aston Villa’s new manager.

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

Villa are now beginning their search for their new manager, with Huddersfield boss David Wagner and Bruce being mentioned as leading candidates.

Former Villa manager McLeish has explained that Bruce would be a good appointment at Villa Park.

“Brucie is a tried and trusted guy,” he told the Mirror. “I feel sorry for Di Matteo to get sacked so soon, people don’t have any patience and I think that is wrong. But Brucie is a very trustworthy guy and very experienced.”

McLeish moved to Villa from arch rivals Birmingham in 2011 and was never fully accepted by a larger portion of supporters.

He believes that the same thing would not happen to Bruce, who managed Birmingham between 2001 – 2007.

“I think it is a bit different from mine because I went immediately across the water as such. Brucie has been a long time away from Birmingham City. But there is always a faction. When I was at Villa there was a small minority who made the biggest noise.”

Former Hull manager Bruce is currently without a club after 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 provide the experience to a struggling Villa side.

Villa were ambitious of challenging for promotion this season but have won just one game in the league, meaning they are already 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

The owners are still hopeful of that they can turn their season around under a new manager.

In other Aston Villa news, Robbie Savage believes that this manager should replace Di Matteo.