Aston Villa are in talks with Andrea Stramaccioni as it becomes more likely that Steve Bruce will leave the club according to a report from Italian publication Tutto Mercato Web.

Half of the Second City is still heartbroken after they lost 1-0 to Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final, denying them a return to the Premier League for at least another year. This has caused speculation about the future of current head coach Steve Bruce. Some reports have indicated that he is set to leave the club following the loss and failure to get promotion, his main aim for this season.

And those reports have intensified as it emerges that Villa are talking to other men about the manager’s job. One of those men is Stramaccioni, an unknown on these shores but someone with a good reputation abroad. He has managed the likes of Inter Milan and Udinese and was most recently at Sparta Prague. He was sacked as their manager following a disappointing start to the second half of the 2017/18 season.

But with Stramaccioni having a good reputation for bringing young players through to the first team after cutting his teeth at various youth sides in Rome before getting the licences needed to work for Roma, Villa believe he could be a good fit for a Villains side that may have to cut their budget going into next season. But his potential appointment will have to wait as Villa are yet to decide on the future of Bruce.


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