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6th Dec, 2016 | 5:51pm

Steve Bruce shares three-word verdict on new Aston Villa appointment

By Will Butcher

Steve Bruce has described newly-appointed Aston Villa assistant manager Colin Calderwood as “top, top class”.

Quoted by Aston Villa’s official Twitter account, Bruce revealed that he was delighted with the appointment of Calderwood.

“He’s top, top class,” Bruce declared. “I am so pleased I waited so long to make an appointment. I don’t think I could have made a better one.”

Calderwood, 51, was appointed as Bruce’s right-hand man towards the end of last month, after Bruce decided to bring in his own backroom staff following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

Former Nottingham Forest boss Calderwood brings with him a wealth of experience as both manager and as an assistant.

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After two years in charge at the City Ground, Calderwood has been an assistant with Newcastle, Norwich and Birmingham City.

Since his appointment, Villa secured three points at home to Cardiff City with a 3-1 win before Bruce suffered his first loss as manager of the relegated Premier League side with a 2-0 loss to Garry Monk’s Leeds at Elland Road.

Both Bruce and Calderwood will be hoping to inspire Villa back to winning ways on Saturday, as they face relegation threatened Wigan on Saturday.

Three points for the Midlands giants could see Villa move into the top half of the Championship, if other results go their way.

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