By Will Butcher
Steve Bruce believes patience is the key as he looks to add to his Aston Villa backroom staff.
The recently-appointed manager is yet to complete his overhaul at Villa Park, despite featuring in the dugout against Reading and Wolves.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Villa’s game against Fulham on Saturday, Bruce revealed that he was going to take his time in appointing new members to his staff with the help of the club’s long-standing academy coach Kevin MacDonald.
“I am going to be patient,” Bruce said, as quoted by Villa’s official Twitter account. “I will take my time. There are plenty of good people here. Kevin MacDonald has helped me enormously.”
The 55-year-old has made one addition to his coaching staff after he replaced Italian manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Stephen Clemence, with whom Bruce worked with at Hull City, has moved to the Midlands giants to be reunited with Bruce and take up the job of first-team coach.
The position became available after Bruce told ex-coach Kevin Bond that he would not be requiring his services, along with assistant manager Steve Clarke and goalkeeping coach Massimo Battara.
Former Tottenham and Birmingham midfielder Clemence will be hoping his new side can produce just their third win of the season on Saturday after beating Reading, as they play host to Fulham.
Villa recorded their first away victory since August 2015 when they beat the Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night, which was also Bruce’s first victory since taking charge.
A second Bruce win could see Villa move up to a lofty 12th position, if other results go their way.
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