By Amir Mir

Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory has hailed Steve Bruce on Twitter and slammed previous senior figures at the club.

The 62-year-old believes recently-appointed boss Bruce has done more in five games at Villa Park than Randy Lerner, Tom Fox and Paul Faulkner did during their time at the club.

Promotion expert Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo in October as he has the task of guiding the former European champions back to the Premier League.

Former owner Lerner, who sold the Midlands giants in July to Tony Xia, was heavily criticised for his day-to-day running of the club over the last six years including putting in place financial restrictions that fans believe were integral to the club’s demotion to the Championship.

He also appointed inexperienced chief executives such as Faulkner and Fox with the latter being sacked over the summer after Villa were relegated from the Premier League.

Gregory, who guided his former side to an FA Cup final in 2000, was clearly delighted with Bruce’s impact on his personal Twitter account as he is unbeaten in his first five games in charge.

Former Manchester United centre-back Bruce was the fifth permanent manager appointed by Villa since Paul Lambert was sacked by the previous owners in February 2015.

Nonetheless, Bruce recorded back-to-back home victories on Saturday, when a Jonathan Kodjia brace helped them secure a vital three points against Blackburn.

In other Aston Villa team news, supporters on Twitter have reacted angrily on Twitter to Paul Lambert’s drivel comments.