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Steve Bruce set to meet Villa owners amid speculation he will be replaced by Thierry Henry

The former centre back has not yet met the club’s new majority shareholders and it appears they will make an immediate managerial change.

FRESH FROM HIS role as Belgium assistant coach this summer, Thierry Henry is reportedly set to be installed as the new Aston Villa manager.

(SP)RUSSIA-SAINT PETERSBURG-2018 WORLD CUP-THIRD PLACE-ENGLAND VS BELGIUM Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

One considerable remaining hurdle blocking the move is that Steve Bruce remains in the hotseat he has occupied since 2016.

With bookmakers suspending betting on Henry being the next Villa boss, The Guardian this evening report  that Bruce will meet the Birmingham club’s new majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens tomorrow, before the Championship club’s  pre-season friendly against West Ham in Walsall.

“Whatever state this club is in, I think it needs me,” Bruce said before the Henry speculation took hold.

Aston Villa v Middlesborough - Sky Bet Championship - Playoff - Semi Final - Second Leg - Villa Park Source: Martin Rickett

“The new owners might want to have their own man in. All the indications are that this is not the case but until I get in front of them I won’t know. I hope they give me the opportunity but I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t going to be that way because, as we’ve seen many times, the new broom always sweeps clean.”

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