Aston Villa preparing to sack Steve Bruce

Mick Mc Carthy left Ipswich by mutual consent back in April

Aston Villa have terminated the contract of manager Steve Bruce following a dismal start to the season, the English Championship club said on Wednesday.

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.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News understands Paraguay head coach Juan Carlos Osorio would love to manage Villa and is very interested in the job.

Former England captain John Terry left Villa Park, while chief executive Keith Wyness was suspended and then subsequently exited the club, before director of football Steve Round's departure in July.

Villa drew 3-3 with Preston on Tuesday night in Bruce's last game in charge having led 2-0 and missed a penalty to earn the win in stoppage-time.

Given Hyypia's dubious record in the managerial arena, it would be a huge shock if Aston Villa opted for his services, although you simply never know these days...

Juan Carlos Osorio managed the Mexico side that beat Germany at the World Cup
Juan Carlos Osorio managed the Mexico side that beat Germany at the World Cup

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.

Former Walsall boss Smith, who grew up a Villa fan in Great Barr, is also in the frame and a popular choice among supporters due to his recent work establishing Brentford as promotion contenders.

But the improvement in form has not been forthcoming and Bruce has now been axed by new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

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

Bruce has also been manager at Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic (twice), Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland and Hull City.

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