Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce responds when asked about Birmingham City's situation

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has admitted that it's sad to see Birmingham City in such a terrible state.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa boss Steve Bruce responds when asked about Birmingham City's situationAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has told the Birmingham Mail that it's sad to see Birmingham City in their current state – but he's looking to pile on the misery this weekend.

Birmingham lost 2-0 at home to Burton Albion on Monday afternoon, in a result that leaves the Blues just three points clear of the relegation zone – and ultimately led to Gianfranco Zola leaving the club.

Zola's resignation as Blues manager comes after winning just twice in 24 games, handing him a pitiful win rate of just 8.33% following his move to replace Gary Rowett in December.

Harry Redknapp has now been brought in as the new Birmingham manager until the end of the season, with the 70-year-old brought in until the end of the season with a view to keeping the club in the Championship.

Redknapp has huge experience, but he will be thrown into a huge game this weekend, as Birmingham make the short trip to Villa Park to take on city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Villa boss Steve Bruce is no stranger to Birmingham having both played for and managed the Blues, long before taking over as Villa manager in October, and he has had his say on his former club's predicament.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Bruce has told the Birmingham Mail that his focus is solely on the club he manages now rather than his former employers, but did note that it's sad to see the club plummeting so rapidly this season.

Bruce noted that he won't have an issue motivating his players for Sunday's clash, claiming he is looking forward to the game as he looks for a Villa win that would push Birmingham ever closer to relegation to League One.

“All my thoughts are with the club I manage now and the city itself. Of course [it's sad],” said Bruce.

“I don’t think there will be a problem motivating the players. It will be about the ones who keep their heads. It’s a fantastic derby, it’s got a fantastic edge to it and of course with the result (for Blues on Monday) it adds more spice to it. It’s a great game for us towards the end of the season. There’s all to play for. I’m looking forward to it immensely. There’s nothing better than a Blues-Villa derby. I can’t wait,” he added.

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