By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce has confirmed that he has spoken with Aston Villa over the possibility of replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager.

Di Matteo was axed by the Midlands club on Monday, after 124 days in charge of the Championship side, having recorded only one win in 11 league games.

Former Birmingham City boss Bruce is the bookies’ favourite to take over the helm at Villa Park, with various media outlets reporting that he will be appointed manager in the coming days.

But speaking to the Sky Sports Goals on Sunday programme on Sunday morning, Bruce gave his thoughts on what it would be like to take over at Villa.

“I have had a chat with them, that is as far as it has gone,” Bruce told Goals on Sunday. “They did say that they were in a process, so I’m hoping I hear something this week, it will be a terrific job.

“I’m sure everyone will agree it’s one of the big clubs of this country, it needs a little turning round at the moment, but they have a huge support and its a big, big club. So, lets hope I hear something this week.”

Former Manchester United centre-back Bruce left Hull City in the summer, after guiding the Tigers to promotion via the play-offs last season.

Caretaker boss Steve Clarke is currently in charge of first team duties at Villa, with the Scotsman also in contention for the permanent role.

Villa are languishing in 19th place with ten points from 11 games, having registered only one win in all competitions this term.

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