By Abigail Withey

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that the club need the same manager for at least three or four years in order to reach promotion.

The Claret and Blues secured a 3-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday following a string of uninspiring draws and losses over previous weeks.

Albert Adomah made in onto the scoresheet twice while Keinan Davies fired home his debut goal for the Midland outfit.

Villa have had seven managers in as many years since Martin O’Neil left the job back in 2010, and the club has since seen the likes of Tim Sherwood and Roberto Di Matteo take control.

However, current manager Steve Bruce believes that it’s essential for Villa to have the same boss for the next few years and is hopeful that it will still be him.

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“Whether it’s me or another manager, somebody has got to manage the club for the next three or four years. I hope it’s myself – that’s what it needs,” Bruce revealed, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

“It doesn’t need continual change because you get no continuity. I’ve done it before so I’m sure I can do it again.”

Bruce was appointed as Di Matteo’s successor in October 2016, and guided the Championship side to a thirteenth place finish in the standings.

The manager will be looking ahead to his side’s EFL Cup clash against Middlesbrough in the clubs’ second meeting in seven days before hosting Nottingham Forest next weekend in the Championship.

In other Aston Villa news, the boss has given a number of players a second chance at the club after wanting a summer exit.

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