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Bruce set to be named as Aston Villa boss

Aston Villa are set to name Steve Bruce as their new manager on Wednesday.

Villa have been seeking a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season which has left them 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Bruce told ITV Sport that he's 'expecting a call tomorrow.'

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Bruce hopeful of landing 'terrific' Aston Villa job

Steve Bruce has been out of work since leaving Hull City in July. Credit: PA

Steve Bruce believes managing Aston Villa would be a "terrific job" and says he is hopeful of being appointed this week.

Villa are languishing in 19th in the Championship with one victory from their first 11 matches and sacked Roberto Di Matteo on Monday.

I've had a chat with them. That's as far as it's gone.

They did say they're in a process, which you have to respect. I'm hoping that I hear something this week. It would be a terrific job.

I'm sure everybody would agree that it's one of the big clubs of this country.

It needs a little bit of turning round at the moment, but they've got a huge support and it's a big, big club.

Let's hope I hear something.

– Bruce to Goals on Sunday

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Bristol City boss distances himself from Villa job

Lee Johnson is staying with Bristol City. Credit: PA

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has distanced himself from the vacant Aston Villa job.

The 35-year-old is being tracked by Villa as they look to replace Roberto Di Matteo after sacking the Italian on Monday following a poor start to the season.

Johnson is on the club's list along with caretaker boss Steve Clarke, Brentford manager Dean Smith, Huddersfield's David Wagner and Steve Bruce, who is available after leaving Hull in the summer.

Former Oldham boss Johnson only joined the Robins on a three-and-a-half year deal from Barnsley in February and insisted he is happy at Ashton Gate.

"I always dreamed of being here and earning my stripes as a coach, so why would I want to leave when I'm so happy," he told the Bristol Post.

"I'm not going to comment on other things, I just wanted people to know how I feel. I'm fiercely ambitious, don't get me wrong, but my ambition is being channelled into Bristol City. This is my place.

"I have a really exciting group of players and I want to see where it can take us. Crowds are on the up at Ashton Gate, we have a fantastic revamped stadium and this is a club going places."

Caretaker boss Clarke in frame for Villa job

Aston Villa caretaker manager Steve Clarke will be given a chance to stake his claim for the job with Steve Bruce and Dean Smith also in the frame.

Steve Clarke is in temporary charge of Aston Villa. Credit: PA

The Sky Bet Championship strugglers are searching for a new boss following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 games with Villa two points above the relegation zone.

Press Association Sport understands chief executive Keith Wyness and technical director Steve Round met on Monday after Di Matteo's exit to begin their search for a replacement.

A shortlist will be drawn up over the next couple of days, with Clarke expected to be on it, and no approaches have been made to any clubs or individuals yet.

Villa do not play again until October 15 when Midlands rivals Wolves visit Villa Park leaving Clarke almost two weeks to make his mark along with first-team coach Kevin Bond.

Ex-West Brom boss Clarke is popular with the players and has impressed the Villa hierarchy since he joined as Di Matteo's assistant in June, although he has not managed since leaving Reading in 2015.

Brentford boss Smith has been identified by Villa as a contender while Bruce, out of work after leaving Hull in the summer, is another under consideration.

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Middlesbrough sign former Barcelona winger

Adama Traore has made the move. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have signed former Barcelona winger Adama Traore from Aston Villa.

Traore moves to the Riverside on a four-year deal, becoming manager Aitor Karanka's 11th signing of the summer.

He is another important player and I am expecting a lot from him.

I’ve known him since he was a kid. He went into the national team just after I left, but I know all about him and what he can do.

His level is higher than he showed last season, but in the right environment I’m hoping that he will show what he is capable of.

– Aitor Karanka
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