Cape Town - Former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed talks with neighbours Aston Villa about taking over at the Championship club.
The 55-year-old, who resigned from his post at newly-promoted Hull during the off-season, openly expressed his desire to replace Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park.
Bruce hopes the Villa supporters will not hold it against him after he managed their Second City rivals back in 2007.
"I've had a chat with him, and that's as far as it's gone. They did say they were in a process, which you have to respect," he told Metro.
"I'm hoping that I'll hear something this week. It'd be a terrific job - I'm sure everyone would agree, it's one of the big clubs in this country.
"It needs a little bit of turning around at the moment, but they've got a huge support. It's a big club, so let's hope I hear something this week."
Commenting on his tenure at the Blues, Bruce added: "Most people have come to accept that it was 10 years ago. Alex [McLeish] walked from one into the other.
"But there are people who have been working there for years who have been involved with both. I don't think in this day and age it'd be a big problem - I'd hope not anyway."