Aston Villa captain James Chester has backed under-fire manager Steve Bruce to succeed at Villa Park, as reported by Birmingham Live.

The Villa boss is under mounting pressure after a series of underwhelming displays from his side, but defender Chester has insisted that Bruce has his full support:

“In Villa’s recent history with managers and chopping and changing it doesn’t seem to have done anyone any favours.

“It seems to have been up and down way before I joined the club. I think with the history and the size of the football club demands are always going to be there. If we are not meeting them people will be sure to let us know.

“But I know more than most how good the gaffer is at this level and the success he has had in getting teams promoted. I would certainly back him because I have enjoyed every moment of my career with him so far and hopefully that will last for much more.

“I fully expect us to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

Chester, who worked under Bruce during the pair’s time at Hull City, also discussed the humiliating defeat to Sheffield United before the international break:

“Had we had won at Sheffield United it would have been a really decent start and probably the best start I have had in my Villa career to date.

“But the performance was the most difficult thing I think rather than the result.

“We were far from at the races but we had shown in games leading up to that that we are more than capable of challenging in the Championship.”

The Wales international and his teammates have an opportunity to bounce back this evening when Paul Warne’s Rotherham United visit Villa Park. Just one point separates the two sides, with the Millers sitting two places below 12th-placed Villa.