Bruce replaces Di Matteo as Villa manager
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English Championship club Aston Villa have appointed Steve Bruce as manager, replacing Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked last week.
The 55-year-old Bruce, who had a successful spell at Villa's local rivals Birmingham City, has been without a club since he quit as manager of Hull City in July after leading the team to Premier League promotion with a playoff victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
"It's a wonderful opportunity. It is one of the big clubs of this country. To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific," Bruce said on Wednesday.
Villa, home to Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak, appointed Di Matteo in June after their relegation from the Premier League, but sacked the Italian after just 124 days in charge.
The Midlands club are currently 19th in the 24-team Championship table with 10 points from 11 games.
"I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be -- and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years," Bruce added.
"I am absolutely delighted to have been given the chance. I hope I can do my stuff."