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Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would be willing to take over as manager of Aston Villa if approached, according to the Daily Star.

The 45-year-old is currently in charge of Scottish giants Celtic, but is said to have grown frustrated at the financial constraints he is working under.

Championship strugglers Villa recently axed Steve Bruce, who was under growing pressure to reverse the club’s fortunes. Less than 24 hours before being dismissed, the former Hull City boss was struck with a cabbage by an incensed supporter.

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The search for a replacement is already underway and Premier League legend Thierry Henry has emerged as the new favourite to succeed Bruce. Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has also been linked with the vacancy and reports have suggested that Rafael Benitez is also being considered.

Rodgers began his coaching career within Chelsea’s youth-set up before stepping into senior management with Watford. He left the Hornets to take over at Reading but didn’t lift any silverware until he was handed the reigns at Swansea City. He guided the Welsh side to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, earning the chance to manage in the Premier League and an eventual move to Liverpool. After failing to deliver trophies at Anfield, he was dismissed and joined Celtic, where has lifted two Scottish Premier League titles.

Chief executive Christian Purslow is leading the search for Bruce’s replacement and will be hoping to have a new man at the helm before the international break finishes and Swansea City visit the Midlands on Saturday 20th October.

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