Steve Bruce sacked by Aston Villa

Steve Bruce sacked by Aston Villa

Steve Bruce sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa sacked Steve Bruce after supporter unrest culminated in the manager having a cabbage thrown his direction by a disgruntled supporter. The former Liverpool managing director on Wednesday told Bruce he was dismissed along with assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, and Gary Walsh, at a cost of £2million.

They are now 12th in the Championship table and Bruce had come under increasing pressure, with a cabbage being hurled at him during Tuesday night's home draw with Preston.

One fan hurled a cabbage at the 57-year-old Bruce before the game, in anger at the team's recent run of one victory in their last 10 games in all competitions.

They said in a statement: "We would like to place on record our gratitude to Steve and his team for their hard work and commitment".

The most exciting and perhaps most ambitious name on Villa's apparent wishlist is Rafa Benitez, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Newcastle boss is one target for the new majority shareholders.

Under-23s boss Kevin MacDonald will take charge of Saturday's trip to Millwall.

Henry was first mooted as a replacement for Bruce in July following the arrival of new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

As well as the above clubs, he has also had spells at Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace and Sunderland, while an FA Cup runners-up medal in 2013-14 while at the Hull helm is the closest Bruce has come to lifting a major trophy.

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