Steve Bruce has told Goals on Sunday that he has discussed the vacant managerial position with Aston Villa.
The former Hull City boss is the leading candidate for the role, closely followed by current interim boss Steve Clarke. It’s also understood Villa will speak to Clarke about the job early this week.
Speaking to a Sky Sports show on Sunday morning, Bruce said: “I’ve had a chat with Villa and that’s as far as it has gone.
“They said they were in a process, which you have to respect, so I’m hoping I hear something this week. It would be a terrific job, I’m sure everyone would agree Villa are one of the big clubs of this country and they need a little bit of turning around at the moment. But they have huge support and they’re a big, big club so hopefully I hear something this week.”
The struggling Sky Bet Championship club are searching for a new manager having dismissed Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 games last week.
Bruce resigned from Hull in the summer following a dispute over transfer policy and was on the list of candidates to be the England manager after Euro 2016. He previously managed Villa’s city rivals Birmingham.