Steve Bruce is Back to take over as Gillingham’s manager.

backed to rejoin managing following a 12-month absence as the former Aston Villa manager.

Steve Bruce, the former manager of Aston Villa, is the front-runner to take over as Gillingham’s League Two manager.

Steve Bruce, the former manager of Aston Villa, is the early short-priced favourite to take over as Gillingham’s manager according to the bookmakers. Exactly one year had passed since Bruce left West Bromwich Albion, who at the time were in the Championship’s relegation zone.

Having taken over from Roberto Di Matteo in October 2016, the 62-year-old has a wealth of experience in the top two levels of English football. He led Blues to the Premier League twice and led Villa to within one game of a same accomplishment in 2018. Early in the next season, he was fired, and Dean Smith took over as manager. Smith was able to surpass him and return the team to the top division.

In the past few years, Bruce has also coached Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle, Wigan, Hull, and Sunderland.

He began his playing career with the Gills, and in 1977, as a teenager, he was given a trial and made his professional football debut. Before being transferred to Norwich City in 1984, he scored 38 goals in more than 230 games for Gillingham. In 2009, he was elected into the Gills’ Hall of Fame.

After being fired by Albion in October of last year, there were rumours that Bruce was thinking about retiring. Those rumours have since been denied, and it is believed that Bruce is searching for his next managerial chance. He is currently the bookies’ favourite to take over at Gills, where a position opened up last week following the dismissal of Neil Harris.

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