Bruce faces his old club later today.
Bruce, who joined Villa in October 2016, reflected on his time there saying: “As a club that had won four times out of 54, so the culture there, even for a big, huge club like it was, it had slipped a long way down.
“We got to the play-offs on loans and frees and nearly did it.
“They're having a tough time at the minute but people talk about tough times – Aston Villa was right up there.
“I had a couple of good years there. You would like to get longer, unfortunately it didn't happen."