According to Sky Sports News, Aston Villa have sacked manager Steve Bruce this afternoon.
Following on from the 3-3 draw with Preston North End on Tuesday evening, a cabbage being thrown, a penalty being missed and more bizarre team selections and substitutions, whilst this news has not yet been confirmed, it’s not an entirely unexpected development if Sky are right.
The atmosphere has truly turned since Bruce made the comments he did about fans and their intellect and the Villa Park crowd has more than made its voice known, so you didn’t need much of an IQ to form the opinion that it was only a matter of time.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 3, 2018
If this news is confirmed and Sky haven’t simply jumped the gun and come to the obvious conclusion, it is a shame it turned this way but it should stop the atmosphere from getting worse in his direction. Bruce’s personal life last season has been well commented on and in my humble, he doesn’t deserve some of the criticism he’s taken.
That said, there is plenty to criticise even if you give him all due praise for helping to turn the spirit in the dressing room round and stopping the rot.
He should be remembered for drawing that line before things went dramatically wrong this season, but the valid criticisms now far outweigh those earlier positives and the simple lack of balance in the squad now cannot be ignored as we’re paying the price for it in each and every match.
The next appointment is key, we need to stop thinking we can spend our way back up, we have to build and plan as opposed to lurching, falling out with people and stockpiling in various positions.
Not just with an eye to Financial Fair Play and those implications, with an eye to achieving promotion with a core in the first team that we can rely on in the future, instead of needing an entirely new rebuild because we’ve overstocked with loanees to the detriment of our own youth.
And please God, play people in their correct positions rather than shoehorning favourites in.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 3, 2018
Under 23 managed Kevin MacDonald will again take caretaker charge of the seniors as we prepare for Millwall at the weekend, and following Bruce out the door are assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh.