Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce Proud of Job He Has Done at Villa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bruce Proud of Job He Has Done at Villa

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ASTON Villa boss Steve Bruce is proud of the way he has helped revitalise the club both on and off the pitch and hopes to complete the turnaround with promotion back to the Premier League.

Bruce inherited a mess following Villa's relegation at the end of the 2015-16 season and he was taken aback by the culture at the club, while the relationship between the players and supporters had turned toxic following an embarrassing campaign.

Yet the 57-year-old has helped to repair the bond with the fans since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October 2016 - and Villa stand on the brink of returning to the top flight ahead of today Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Fulham.

While victory in the Wembley showpiece would represent Bruce's biggest success at Villa, he counts getting the club back on track as his best achievement.

The former Sunderland boss said: "Let's be fair, Aston Villa went down with a whimper. There was no association with the players anymore, it had broken. …

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