The Daily Star reports that Leeds United are ‘keeping an eye’ on Steve Bruce as a potential new manager for the club. After Aston Villa suffered play-off final defeat to Fulham, there has been speculation linking with him with the exit door at Villa Park.

Several names continued to be linked to the job at Elland Road, this despite Paul Heckingbottom still being in the job. This was often the case towards the end of last season, when Leeds’ run of results was very poor. The Leeds hierarchy are seemingly wanting to keep their options open.

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Even names such as Claudio Ranieri, and now quite recently, Michael Laudrup, have been touted as potentially successors to Heckingbottom with the Sky Bet Championship club. Bruce is one of the more successful managers at this level, having won promotion out of this league with both Birmingham City and Hull City.

Heckingbottom was hired to replace Thomas Christiansen, who was sacked in February after an alarming run of results. The former Barnsley boss was unable to turn those fortunes around, before eventually finished in mid-table. The 40-year-old has often spoken of his desire to get a pre-season into this squad, so he can then be judged. With rumours constantly circulating regarding his future, he may not even get the luxury to do that.

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Bruce is a name which has seemingly come out of nowhere, however his future is clearly up in the air, as is the case for many at Aston Villa at this very moment. Perhaps a side like Leeds could benefit from that, and Bruce may be attracted by such a challenge.

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