Steve Bruce has been sacked by Aston Villa after a sequence of one win in 10 matches. Villa confirmed the sacking in a statement in which they said Bruce's assistants had also had their contracts terminated.
The backroom team of Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh have also departed. "In the meantime, Kevin MacDonald, Aston Villa U23s manager, will be in charge of the team for our trip to Millwall on Saturday".
"The process of recruiting a new manager has begun".
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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.
Owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have already given the decision the go-ahead, and Bruce will leave Villa after 102 matches at the helm.
As you'd expect attention has swiftly turned to Bruce's potential replacement at Villa Park, and there's a multitude of managers in the mix, ranging from veterans and has-beens, to talented up-and-coming gaffers and those looking for their shot at the big time in the chaotic world of football management.
The 45-year-old Mozambique-born born boss guided the Ukrainian giants to Premier League title last season while the club got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to a solid start on Tuesday as they recorded a credible 2-2 draw with Lyon in France.