Steve Bruce to remain Aston Villa manager after meeting owners

N’Golo Kante

Starsport revealed yesterday that Arsenal and France legend Henry had verbally agreed to take over at Villa in his first managerial role.

A club statement said: "Aston Villa can confirm manager Steve Bruce has met majority owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens and will continue as manager with their full support".

In his second season in charge of the club, Bruce took Villa to fourth in the Championship, eventually losing out on promotion to Fulham in the playoff final in May. Jack Ford though didn't share the same excitement, calling it a "massive risk".

The Droyd, on the other hand showed his concern, terming it "madness" to appoint someone with no past experience while doing away with one of the most experienced managers around.

The manager's future has been under the spotlight since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55 per cent majority shareholding last week.

According to the Star, Henry is on the verge of replacing Steve Bruce as the owners do not have faith in Bruce's ability to lead them back into the Premier League.

By that time the Villa players and coaching staff had arrived at Walsall's Banks's Stadium for the pre-season friendly against West Ham, and discovered the news while checking phones in the dugout.

Three days ago Villa were a club in turmoil, with ex-owner Dr Tony Xia floundering in his efforts to address a £40million shortfall in finances as the club fell under a self-imposed transfer embargo.

Bruce held showdown talks with Aston Villa's new owners today.

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