Aston Villa Football Club has appointed former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce as their new manager.

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Steve Bruce wants to see “spirit and passion” from his new players as he looks to create a claret and blue team that supporters will be proud of.

The 55-year-old, who has has spent the last four years managing Hull City, aims to inspire those players to great things, as he looks to help them charge up the table.

Bruce insists that Villa have spent very well in the transfer window and have a powerful squad for the Championship.

He told, AVTV: “You only have to look at the squad – and the investment that the club has made – to realise we have a good group of players for the Championship.

I will be delighted to start work first thing today. I can’t wait to get stuck in. I am ready to go.

I have made my career out of one thing really and managed to get to the top – that’s basically hard work. You have to be able to work hard for me. That’s what I demand.

Football is a team game. How often have we seen a team – maybe not with the best individuals – but the team itself is the most important thing.

The ability to never give up is what I require. Everyone wants to see wonderfully skillful players but supporters want to see their team play with spirit and passion too.

The fans are the most important people in any football club. They are a wonderfully loyal bunch here. They have had it tough over the past few years.

When you see that many going to Preston you realise what a big fanbase it is.

With that comes big expectation and I hope I can give them the team and individuals they require because we have all known throughout the years that Aston Villa has a huge, huge fanbase – as big as anybody.

“It’s up to me and the team to get them back at it, back onside and proud of the team again.”