Report: Aston Villa set to lose another senior figure as new era is ushered in
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa caretaker boss Steve Clarke will leave the club after the imminent appointment of Steve Bruce, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail state that assistant manager Clarke was hoping to persuade Villa chiefs to give him the manager’s job, but he will now depart the Midlands side as Bruce is set to be announced.
Former Chelsea assistant Clarke was in charge of first-team duties at the Championship club’s training ground Bodymoor Heath following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo on October 3.
It is said former Birmingham City boss Bruce is expected to bring in his own coaching staff at the club, once his appointment has been confirmed.
The Birmingham Mail lists Warren Joyce, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh as possibles, with all of them well known to Bruce.
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The club’s owner Tony Xia appointed former Champions League winning manager Di Matteo as boss in June, with the Italian naming his former Chelsea teammate Clarke as his assistant.
However, their reigns were short lived, with Di Matteo sacked after 124 days and now Clarke set to follow in his footsteps out of Villa Park.
Under Di Matteo’s and Clarke’s stewardship Villa recorded one win in 12 Championship and EFL Cup fixtures, including a 3-1 defeat to fourth-tier side Luton Town.
Villa are 19th in the Championship with ten points from 11 games, as they now welcome Midlands rivals Wolves to Villa Park on Saturday.
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