Aston Villa fans have been taking part in a HITC Sport poll on who they want to see in charge of the club next season.
Aston Villa fans
With promotion back to the Premier League looking unlikely this season, Aston Villa fans are scratching their heads as to what's gone wrong this season. Steve Bruce, who took over from Italian manager Roberto Di Matteo towards the end of last year, has had a torrid time in charge so far, as the club now sit 19 points away from the play-offs.
With supporters voting for the person they'd most like to see in charge next season, lets take a look at the results...
Derby County manager Nigel Pearson
Tied by both recieving 3% of the vote, not many Aston Villa fans would want to see the former Derby County manager Nigel Pearson, or current Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom, take charge at Villa Park. Pearson, who has been out of work since leaving Derby County in October, is still lauded with many plaudits for the job he did with Leicester City, whereas Paul Heckingbottom has done an outstanding job with Barnsley since taking over from Lee Johnson.
2. Gary Rowett (12%)
Birmingham’s manager Gary Rowett
It looks like at least 12% of Villa fans are up for a bit of controversy, opting to appoint former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett as manager next season. Rowett, who did a fantastic job with a largely poor Birmingham City squad, was relieved of his duties late last year and replaced with former Watford manager, Gianfranco Zola. The decision, which shocked virtually every pundit, journalist and fan in the world of football, is looking like a pretty daft move so far, with Birmingham City now struggling desperately without him.
1. Steve Bruce (80%)
Aston Villa’s manager Steve Bruce
Despite the shocking start to his tenure, it looks like the vast majority of Aston Villa fans want to see Steve Bruce in charge next season. The former Birmingham City and Hull City boss smashed the vote, winning 80%, proving to still be a very popular figure amongst Villa fans. Perhaps Villa supporters can see that Bruce is trying to rebuild the club from top to bottom, changing the ethos of the players right through to the staff. Transformation's such as this take time, and that's just what Bruce needs. Are fans happy to give him it? It seems so!
New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce