Aston Villa sack manager Steve Bruce after dismal start to season

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Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa are searching for a new manager after parting company with former boss Steve Bruce earlier today and it is thought that Shakhtar Donetsk's Fonseca is one of the managers who they would like to speak to about filling the vacancy.

Villa are 12th in the Championship but have only won one of their past nine league matches and drew 3-3 with bottom club Preston on Tuesday.

Villa drew 3-3 to Preston North End on Tuesday night in a see-saw of a game that either team could have won. 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.

The Mail reports that Terry could have his reservations about potentially succeeding Bruce given that he was the manager who signed him last summer, while Potter would arguably be a very intriguing appointment given that he only joined Swansea City ahead of this season.

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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".

Villa's hierarchy decided that allowing the 57-year-old Saturday's trip to Millwall would be futile and have handed Under-23s manager Kevin MacDonald the reins temporarily. "There's no respect for anyone", the under-pressure Villa boss grumbled.

Bruce, who led Villa to the Play-Off Final past year where they lost to Fulham, has overseen a awful start to this Championship campaign, with only three league wins on the board.

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