David O'Leary comments on Leeds United and Aston Villa's promotion chances

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Former Leeds United and Aston Villa boss hopes both sides seal promotion.

Former Leeds United and Aston Villa boss David O'Leary has told The Telegraph he is hoping both sides can win promotion this season.

O'Leary was one of the game's prominent managers a decade ago but spends most of his time out of the spotlight nowadays.

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In an interview with The Telegraph O'Leary stated his desire to return to football management, while also praising the direction two of his former teams are heading in.

He said: "I hope they can both go up. You get Leeds into the top flight and, on a match-day, the whole city is buzzing.

"I watched the Liverpool game on Tuesday and they seem to be going in the right direction which is fabulous.

"It is a great time for Steve Bruce to go in at Aston Villa and it would be no shock to me if he gets them automatically promoted."

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The current Leeds side has echoes of O'Leary's Leeds, with a young ambitious coach - Garry Monk - building a successful side around a core of talented young players.

Like O'Leary's Leeds, the big challenge will be hanging onto the likes of Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira, but generally speaking the signs are very encouraging with the Whites sitting in fifth place in the league.

With Newcastle United seemingly set to secure one of the automatic promotion spots, O'Leary apparently feels Aston Villa are strong contenders of landing the other, which would leave Leeds having to negotiate the play-off route if they are to secure a top flight return.

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