A backroom restructuring at Aston Villa could result in the dismissal of manager Steve Bruce, according to The Telegraph.

Villa have underwhelmed in the Championship this season, slipping to 15th in the table after picking up just one win in their last nine games.

Bruce has put on a brave face despite fierce criticism and remains a firm believer in Villa’s ability to challenge for promotion:

“If we’re patient, and that’s never a given in management these days, I know we’ve got the nucleus of a squad that will put us in contention for promotion.

“That has got to be the aim. We’ve lost twice in ten games and we could quite easily have won three or four of the draws. We’d then be sitting in a different position.”

However, newly appointed Chief Executive Christian Purslow is said to be ringing the changes, casting doubt over the future of the under-performing Bruce.

The arrivals of a new technical director and head of performance are reportedly imminent and interviews are rumoured to have already been conducted with candidates for the roles. Former Valencia and Real Zaragoza sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch was understood to be in the frame for the role of technical director but Villa have been quick to deny interest in the Spaniard.

It is believed that the revamp may lead to Bruce’s departure from the club as he has not been involved in the process of appointing new figures.

If Villa did wield the axe, it would certainly answer the prayers of supporters, who have turned their back on the manager. He has, however, received backing from his captain James Chester and former Villains midfielder Joshua Onomah. 

The club narrowly missed out on promotion last season, suffering play-off final heartache at Wembley following a defeat to Fulham. Despite coming so close during the 2017/18 campaign, they have done little to convince supporters that a repeat of last season’s feat is on the cards and Bruce could soon be shown the door.