By Will Butcher
Aston Villa have parted company with three members of their coaching staff following the arrival of manager Steve Bruce.
Assistant manager Steve Clarke has been shown the exit door at Villa Park, along with first-team coach Kevin Bond and goalkeeping coach Massimo Battara.
The trio’s departure from Aston Villa was reported by the Midlands giants’ official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, as Bruce looks to free up space to bring his own coaching staff in.
All three members were brought to Villa Park by former manager Roberto Di Matteo in June 2016, but following the side’s dismal run of form, the former Chelsea and Schalke manager was sacked.
Owner Tony Xia’s decision to replace Italian Di Matteo with Bruce comes after the relegated Premier League side won just once in 12 league and cup encounters, with their only triumph coming against bottom of the table Rotherham.
Clarke, who worked with Di Matteo at Chelsea, has a strong footballing pedigree as one of the best assistant managers in English football, and even managed Premier League outfit West Brom as well as Championship side Reading.
Bond, 59, is also looking for a new job after being brought in by Di Matteo following a spell as manager of Hong Kong outfit HK Pegasus this year.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper coach Battara has also been replaced, as Bruce looks to give his side the best chance of returning to form by making a fresh start.
In other Aston Villa news, former defender Paul McGrath has had his say on the appointment of Bruce.