Steve Bruce lines up first three Aston Villa signings - report

By Harry Sykes

Steve Bruce is assembling a three-man management team to help him secure the Aston Villa manager post, according to a report.

The Sun claim is keen to bring in coaches Stephen Clemence, Steve Agnew and Villa legend Nigel Spink as his first three signings.

Goalkeeping coach Spink, who is currently out of football, is lined up for a comeback as Bruce looks to recruit a popular Villa figure.

It is said that Villa owner Tony Xia is wary of fan opinion and that the appointment of former Birmingham manager Bruce could lead to a backlash from the terraces.

This has slowed down the likely appointment of the 55-year-old, although broadcaster and former Villa striker Stan Collymore claimed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that the Midlands giants are closing in on the experienced manager.

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Responding to a question from a follower on the social media site, Collymore replied that he thinks Bruce “will get the job on Monday”.

It has been said that Bruce has spoken to Villa chief executive Keith Wyness on three occasions since Wednesday about the vacant managerial post.

BBC Sport Midlands reporter Pat Murphy stated on his personal Twitter account that former Birmingham City boss Bruce has held exploratory talks with Wyness, including a 20 minute phone call on Friday.

Free agent Bruce is the odds-on bookies’ favourite to replace Roberto Di Matteo, having left Premier League outfit Hull in the summer after helping them to promotion last season.

Villa have recorded ten points from 11 games this season, with only one victory in 12 games in all competitions this term.

Walter Zenga’s Wolves will be looking to inflict another defeat on their Midlands rivals, when both sides beat on October 15 at Villa Park.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s star man has been passed fit for the Wolves clash, despite suffering an injury while on international duty.