Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Aston Villa sack Steve Bruce

Aston Villa sack Steve Bruce

Aston Villa drew 3-3 with Preston North End at Villa Park on Tuesday evening in a game full of drama, which left a bitter taste in the mouth for home fans.

Yannick Bolasie scored a scrappy late equaliser before Villa were awarded a penalty which Preston keeper Chris Maxwell dived low to save - stretching Villa's poor run to one win in their last nine Championship games.

"We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment". We wish them well for the future.

Villa confirmed on their website that Bruce and his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh were leaving their posts with immediate effect after having their contracts terminated.

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Christian Purslow, the chief executive, had always meant to give Bruce until October's worldwide break to mount a revival but results and performances had been a huge disappointment.

He said after the game: "To say it's disappointing is an understatement for a club like this".

Bruce took the club to last season's Championship play-off final but a disappointing start to this campaign has prompted the owners, who took charge last July, to make the change.

Among the early names linked with the job are Thierry Henry, who investors Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris reportedly wanted in the summer, Brentford manager Dean Smith, former Inter Milan boss Andrea Stramaccioni, Claudio Ranieri and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca.

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