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29th Mar, 2017 | 9:10pm

Steve Bruce: This is where Aston Villa will be in five years

By Matt Farr

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes the club should be challenging for a top six or seven finish in the Premier League in five years’ time.

The Midlands club are currently 12th in the Championship, following their relegation from the top flight last season, but Bruce has targeted a swift return to England’s elite competition.

However, a rollercoaster campaign this season has seen their hopes of winning promotion back to the Premier League this term pushed to the limit, with the club needing to overturn an 11-point deficit with only eight games remaining.

But Bruce has set the bar very high with his ambitious five-year plan for Aston Villa, which will please fans, despite joking that he hopes to have retired by then.

He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “Well in five years time, hopefully I’m retired. Five years at this club would do me fantastic, and we’re back in amongst the Premier League, and back into being amongst it again.

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“I think that’s what we’ve got to try and achieve. It’s going to be very difficult to try and break into the top six or seven of the Premier League.

“I think that has got to be the aim. But as we have found out now with the colossus of money that’s gone around, it’s very difficult. So in five years if it’s [Aston Villa] an established Premier League team, then I’d be very happy.”

Bruce took charge of the club back in October following a miserable start to life in the Championship under Roberto Di Matteo.

The former Hull boss saw an immediate upturn in form with four wins from his first seven matches in charge at Villa Park, but their form slipped again in the new year.

Bruce’s side endured an eight-match winless run at the start of 2017, but they have since won five of their last six games in the Championship.

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