By Will Butcher
Steve Bruce has revealed his aim is to spend five years at Aston Villa as he bids to restore the “huge club” to their former glory.
The 55-year-old is set to take the reins for a third match on Saturday as they take on former Premier League rivals Fulham at Villa Park.
Bruce has explains that he wants to be in charge of the Midlands giants for the next half decade as he looks to return them to the Premier League at the first attempt.
“If I can do four or five years here like I did at Hull then I know the club will be in a far better place,” Bruce told the Daily Mirror.
“That’s got to be the aim. It really is a privilege to manage a club like this. In fact, I’ve been waiting 20 years to be at a club of this size.
“I will give it everything I can. It’s really hit home how big this club is since I joined. It’s a huge club within this country.”
Villa fans will be hoping that Bruce can continue his reputation as a promotion expert from the Championship, after gaining a place in the Premier League from England’s second tier on four separate occasions.
The former Manchester United defender successfully delivered Villa’s rivals Birmingham into the promised land of the top flight, before being promoted twice as Hull City manager.
Now, Bruce will be looking to do the same with Villa starting on Saturday with three points against Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham side.
A win for Bruce’s new side could see Villa climb as high as 12th place in the Championship table, if other results go their way. A loss, though, could see them fall just as easily into the clutches of the relegation zone.
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