By Amir Mir

Ray Wilkins believes Steve Bruce has the “credentials” to take on the vacant managerial post at Aston Villa.

Wilkins, 60, was assistant to Tim Sherwood at Villa for ten Premier League games last season, before the duo were relieved of their duties after six consecutive losses.

Since Sherwood’s departure two more manager’s have been sacked by the Midlands club, including Roberto Di Matteo, who was axed on Monday after 124 days in charge.

Former Chelsea assistant manager Wilkins has backed the bookies favourite Bruce to take over the reigns at Villa Park, but was unsure how his appointment would go down with supporters considering his managerial past with rivals Birmingham City.

“Steve is probably the favourite,” Wilkins told talkSPORT. “Whether that goes down well with a few Villa supporters having managed Birmingham, I don’t know. But Steve has the credentials to go in there and do a very good job.

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“Bruce would be the one that jumps out at the moment. He is not working and he has been in this situation before where he has managed to get teams to perform small miracles.”
Villa chiefs have drawn up a list of ten possible candidates that can replace Di Matteo at Villa Park, with David Wagner, Dean Smith, Bruce and Lee Johnson the leading contenders.
It was reported on Thursday morning that Bristol City boss Johnson has expressed his desire to stay at Ashton Gate and has stated that he is 100 per cent committed to the Robins.
Villa’s current assistant manager Steve Clarke is taking care of first team duties, with the Scotsman also under consideration for the vacant post.