Date: 14th May 2017 at 8:48pm
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It was being reported over the weekend that manager Steve Bruce will only be given a £1million summer transfer budget with the plan being sell to buy moving forward.

With heavy spending last summer and again in January, whilst the media take the ‘shock’ figure as forcing a change of plans, to be honest Bruce has been saying all along that the focus was more on trimming numbers and sorting out the futures of players and moreover he said himself it would be a quiet summer in terms of incomings, so I’m guessing he probably knew that all along.

So claims of ‘cash freeze’ and the like from the Telegraph are a little over the top.

In any event Steve Bruce was said to have met with Director of Football Steve Round and Chief Executive Keith Wyness to formalise plans for the summer and those plans now need to change unless he can raise the funds himself.

The Telegraph says he wanted to sign at least five new players, but again that doesn’t tally with what Bruce has said himself about the summer on a number of occasions.

It’s no surprise to then see them list names like Jordan Amavi, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Tommy Elphick and Aaron Tshibola and they of course reference what they state was a £2.5million deal for Carlos Sanchez to Fiorentina which is already a done deal.

Championship Financial Fair Play obviously figures and Wyness himself said a good few months back that plans were in place to deal with that and everybody knew part of that would be trimming players given the number we have on our books.

With the way we have spent over the last two windows, having other clubs not look at us as a payday carries benefits of its own moving forward as well.

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10 Replies to “Plans Change For Bruce With Summer Budget?”

  • Hopefully not another manager being thrown under the bus.

    Hopefully he is ok with this and that there isn’t any disharmony. I’m sure he does realise there has been a hell of a lot spent for a very poor 13th position finish

    You ca

  • I totally agree with it. We all know who needs to be shipped out, but not confident that some of the wasters will be gone. Bruce will need to show that he can put a team together with what he’s got,which is what a good manager does, rather than trying to

  • I don’t see a problem with this. Why do we have teams of scouts and a D fo F? Aren’t they meant to be looking for talent? Often when cash is not the answer, people become more inventive and teams can become tighter units – Wimbledon for example? Lets be h

  • He walked from Hull because of similar constraints, so he can’t do it at Villa or will look like a manager that just throws money at a problem and hopes it will work.

  • Adding to my previous comment, is it wise to make public you have got to sell before you buy, you have devalued the product you want rid of, but I suppose they are better business people than me.

  • The way this is being portrayed is a bit wide of the mark. As though the rug has been pulled and there’s no money. The issue is financial fair play. And with the losses Villa have made they are not allowed to continue spending the way they have. There wou

  • It seems to me this has been blown out of all proportion. Would they really tell him he’s got ?1m to spend? They may just as well say he’s got nothing. To be fair to Bruce he covered the majority of his January signings by off loading Westwood, Rudy and A

  • That was a worry John Cross, announcing our policy seems very strange and other clubs might take advantage trying to buy players for less now they know we have to clear some.

  • I think it would already have been pretty obvious to all that we have to clear some out. I don’t see any announcement making much difference.

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