Simon Jordan delivers emphatic verdict on future of close friend and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce after Leeds speculation

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in...

Simon Jordan delivers emphatic verdict on the future of close friend Steve Bruce at crisis club Aston Villa after speculation he may join Leeds United.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in...

According to the Telegraph, Leeds have taken advantage of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Aston Villa’s financial predicament by moving to see whether manager Steve Bruce is interested in a switch to Elland Road.

Bruce, who has nine clubs on his CV during his managerial career so far, is a wanted man after just missing out on promotion with Villa.

Aston Villa's defeat in the playoff final had wider implications for the club with owner Tony Xia laying bare the serious financial situation facing them in its wake.

While administration has been ruled out by Villa, the ongoing uncertain has alerted Leeds who the Telegraph's claims have approached the former Manchester United captain through intermediaries to try and discover whether he would like to speak to them about their vacancy as a move for Marcelo Bielsa stalls.

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But now former football club owner Simon Jordan, who hired and remains close friends with Bruce, has spoken out about the speculation on talkSPORT.

And he believes Villa fans have nothing to worry about.

"They've (Villa) got a very good manager in Brucey," Jordan said on talkSPORT.

"You can never say never with football people but I've spoken to Steve on numerous occasions leading up to the playoff final and he came to Villa to do a job.

"And when I spoke to Brucey two years ago he wanted to take the Villa job because it's a big, big, big football club and I think he will still be there.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

"Obviously he'll want certain assurances about budgets because he's got to make sure that Villa are competitive... but Villa do not need £50 million wage bills to compete in this division."

Jordan's verdict may well disappoint Leeds fans who feel he has the experience and knowledge needed to finally get the club back in the Premier League after 14 years away.

Many are against his appointment, though, given his links to Manchester United and want maverick manager Bielsa who has an impressive CV including spells as Argentina and Chile as well as Marseille.

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