The Scot is being linked with Villa following the sacking of Alex McLeish.
"He‚Äôs a very driven man,‚ÄĚ Ruddy told talkSPORT. ‚ÄúPeople know what he did in his playing days and he‚Äôs taken that same energy, enthusiasm and will to win into his management, as you‚Äôve seen over the last few years.
‚ÄúHe will be linked, no doubt, with a number of jobs that come up. He‚Äôs been massive, not just for the club but for me personally. He gave me a chance, he brought me into the club and he believed in me and it‚Äôs the same with every player. His winning mentality rubs off on you. He‚Äôs been massive for the club.‚ÄĚ