Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce nominated for second straight monthly award
Villa boss Steve Bruce is in contention to be named the Championship’s top manager for the second month running.
Bruce has been included on the four-man shortlist for February manager of the month.
The 57-year-old claimed the January prize after Villa ended the month with a 100 per cent record in the league.
February did not run so smoothly, yet Villa still managed to pick up 10 points from five games, including a superb Second City derby win over Blues and a memorable fightback at Sheffield Wednesday.
He is up against Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic, Cardiff’s Neil Warnock and Millwall’s Neil Harris for the Championship prize.
Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at rock bottom Sunderland ensured third-placed Villa stayed on pace with their rivals in the promotion fight.
Bruce’s men have won nine of their last 11 in the league but remain four points behind Cardiff, who are also in red-hot form.
“We’ve got 11 games to go and we’ve given ourselves a chance,” said Bruce.
“That’s what I’ve always said - a club like ours has always got to be in with a chance.
“We’ve given ourselves an outstanding opportunity. Can we grasp it and get that bit of luck we need along the way? We’ll see.
“Let’s enjoy the rollercoaster because there will be plenty more ups and downs.
“But we’re in a good place at the moment.”