By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has given Steve Bruce his unequivocal backing and insisted the manager is the ideal man to take the club forward.
The 56-year-old took charge at the Midlands club in October and was tasked with trying to get the club into the promotion picture.
Villa have been unable to do that and are set to miss out on an automatic return to the Premier League.
However, they have recorded back-to-back victories over Bristol City and Derby in their last two games, meaning they have moved up to 15th in the Championship and away from a potential relegation battle.
Wyness has made the big statement that Bruce will get the chance to take the club forward in the long-term, something denied to the three managers sacked from the club since February 2015.
“Steve is the man to take us forward,” Wuness told the Birmingham Mail. “We understand the depths of the problems and the issues Steve has had to face.
“There has been a lack of stability and Steve will be given that stability as our manager going forwards.”
Bruce has a good record as a manager and has strong experience of getting teams promoted from the very competitive Championship.
The ex-Manchester United defender guided Hull and Birmingham twice each to the Premier League as their manager.
He is now trying to transform this mid-table Villa side into potential promotion candidates for next season.
Bruce enjoyed a busy January transfer window which didn’t bring immediate results on the pitch, but certainly after another window in the summer he will have a squad of his liking.
In other Aston Villa news, Tony Xia has sent a message to Conor Hourihane after the Bristol City victory.