Steve Bruce identifies what he found ridiculous when he took over at Aston Villa

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa had won just one Championship match when Steve Bruce took over from Roberto Di Matteo.

Steve Bruce has told the Monday Night Club, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live on 28th November, that it is ridiculous that a club like Aston Villa could develop a losing mentality.

Bruce took over from Roberto Di Matteo after Villa suffered a very poor start to the season, following their relegation from the Premier League last term.

Villa won just one of the 11 matches that Di Matteo had taken charge of, and the claret and blues consistently were guilty of throwing away leads in the latter stages of matches.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

Bruce feels that Villa’s problem was that they had become used to losing, and the 55-year-old boss has worked hard to eradicate that problem.

"I went in with a clean slate, it wasn't just this season, to be fair to Roberto Di Matteo, he came in on the back of a relegated team," Bruce was quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying. "And the club has got used to losing, it's ridiculous but it can happen even at a big club like this. It didn't take much persuading and I hope I can get the club to where it need to be.”

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Bruce has done excellently since taking charge at Villa, and the Midlands side remain unbeaten under his stewardship.

Villa have now moved up the Championship table, and there are rising hopes that they could mount a play off push.

The Villans are currently in 11th place in the second tier standings, and they are now only four points away from the top six.

Villa are next in action at the weekend, when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road.

General view of Villa Park

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