Date: 24th July 2018 at 12:46pm
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With new the last 48 hours about the potential appointment of Thierry Henry following our takeover by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, reaction has certainly been mixed amongst Aston Villa fans.

The Forum Thread on Vital Villa shows the ranging viewpoints on what this kind of move would mean for us, whether positive or negative and such is the reaction the talk of Steve Bruce’s departure and Henry’s possible arrival spans a number of threads as members rushed to give their two-penneth worth.

Social media is no different having had a quick scan of that.

For some Henry is the type of name we should be looking to attract to give a further boost, for others even if they agree, not as manager owing to his lack of experience currently. He should cut his teeth is less of a powder-keg situation as despite our struggles this summer, promotion is high on the agenda regardless.

A new man coming in, experienced or not, needs time to assess the group, find his areas of weakness in the playing staff and improve that with signings or training as he gets his message across

Bruce, on the other hand, is a known quantity. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea but we were 45 minutes from promotion and his biggest critics tend to conveniently forget his personal struggles and most certainly forget the mood of the first team when he arrived and how he changed that attitude around to get us that close. Promotion or bust was a ridiculous club led assertion that paid no mind to the fact that whilst the camp had improved, we were hardly flowing in confidence and we saw that from the get-go with results – we were not yet the team who went on our winning streak.

Does Bruce deserve another shot and the opportunity to move the group on in an attacking sense now confidence is better and we have Wembley disappointment to lean on, or is Henry with a presumed greater attacking ethos the next step for the club?

I’m in the former camp for the record and that’s not to say I don’t see Bruce’s flaws, I just can’t sit here lambasting the lack of loyalty and then back the sacking of a man who got so close in an incredibly difficult year – especially when the option is a thoroughly unproven but ‘sexy’ replacement that works well for the social media brigade who continue to praise Dr Tony Xia for realising he had no option but to sell the majority share.

They’ll be the first to turn on Henry when he doesn’t make us the ‘Villa Invincibles’ within 72 hours of being appointed.

 
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