Date: 5th June 2018 at 1:16pm
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There seems to have been another twitter spat between Steve Bruce’s son Alex and some Villa fans.

Alex replied to one tweet accusing his dad of playing with negative tactics:

“Negative Style…..72 goals scored 3rd highest in the division….. not that bad for a defensively minded hoof ball team…. £2.5million spent last season, £18million brought in…… 3rd bottom when he took over and led the team to a play-off final in 18months. Failure!”

But many did see that side of the argument.

I’m really never convinced that Twitter is the best place for these sorts of conversations. Of course a son is going to defend his dad. But wouldn’t it be better to rise above? To ignore? I did note on earlier tweets on his page he was wishing Villa luck for the play-off final but his first and foremost priority is naturally going to be Bruce.

Is it an argument he really needs to get into? I guess maybe I miss the point, perhaps people enjoy the endless arguments on social media and thrive with the abuse that often ensues. I don’t get it. I like to discuss things, I do at times get a bit heated (in the moment) but I quickly remember it’s just social media, it’s ‘just’ football, no one is dying here, we could all try a bit more courtesy couldn’t we?

On social media? Meh, to be honest, no, I don’t think people can.

I digress.

Some of the discussion:

It is hard to argue that the first half at Wembley was anything BUT negative really. It was yet another no-show by Villa and we have had an awful lot of those. As much as I’d like to argue against this because I like Steve Bruce and I dislike the idea of another manager-merry-go-round, surely the buck stops somewhere? If it was a one-off no-show, fine. But it wasn’t. But too many point the finger straight to the manager instead of questioning the players. Did Bruce miss the three good chances Jack Grealish had for instance? No, Jack missed those. Are fans looking for Jack to be sacked? No, they are desperate for the £40million transfer rumours to be wrong.

VillaBoy is a very anti Steve Bruce poster on Twitter. He pointed out:

Should be stay or should he go poll in the Forum thread, join in the discussion

It is split between keeping Bruce or going for young and hungry. I’m glad, at least, that the other option ‘tried and tested’ hasn’t got many votes, because that would be ridiculous in my opinion. The likes of Moyes and Allardyce are no different to Steve Bruce. That’s not a criticism of them, it’s just what it is. I’m (going off subject slightly) pleased to see Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard moving into football management, we need a new breed now instead of the same merry-go-round of older managers.

And in defence, Pete does quite rightly in my humble opinion, point to the underachieving high earning players. Trouble is, you can’t sack the players under contract, you can the manager so the manager is always the easy target, isn’t he?

It is an argument where there are merits on both sides with Steve. I still think that the players have to take a huge amount of the responsibility, whether they are told to sit deep or not, for the nature of the strolling around at times. But then, and yes, I really am agonising over this as I keep arguing with myself, the boss is still the boss, ultimately he has to get the players doing what he wants, otherwise………………..

And it is the otherwise I am wrestling with.

Should be stay? Should he go? I have no idea, I will now go and listen to The Clash though!

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7 Replies to “Should He Stay Or Should He Go? The Million Dollar Question For Aston Villa Fans.”

  • Like you say he shouldn’t really get into these arguments so publically, but it is his Dad. His Dad who has been through a hell of a lot on a personal front these last few months. Of course he’s going to leap to his defence.

    Oh and he’s right in everything he says in my opinion.

  • First game attended 1957 cup final. Seen managers come and go. Never did like Bruce. To set in his ways. Need someone to bring on the youngsters with a couple of old heads even if it means another year in the championship.

  • Needs to go … like Mr Bruce as a person but as a manager too many highs and lows, if it wasn’t for the lows last season we would of won the league with ease and that 1st 45 minutes at Wembley… a lone striker let them come at us tactics …. we really needed to cause Fulham the problems ….. so it’s good by Mr Bruce and get someone who will change us for the positive !!!!!

  • I think with the uncertainty around the club it is essential we keep Steve Bruce… It is going to be very tight and tough for any manager next season..SB might not be the most exciting, but he is solid and dependable and that is what we need more than anything ATM..change manager and I see a genuine relegation battle… Stick with Steve and I think we have a chance of the play offs… Automatic promotion is a non starter if we lose the likes of Chester, Grealish and Kodjia IMO

  • Sorry it’s new manager, with the proper coaching skills, Bruce out,p45
    Nuno,Joka,showed why ,on the final hurdles. No identity,no plan AorB.
    The Xia fast buck and Dad’s army mercenaries are gone. Xia is left with the wreckage.
    Tight monetary control and youth academy who are no fear reps of AVFC.

  • I’m not impressed too many old players he signed no youngsters really getting a chance apart from some other teams goalie should have been his first priority not good enough .

  • Bruce has to go. He is an old school, “send ’em out with a pat on the back” type of manager who does not have a clue about tactics or players for that matter. He is a Martin O’Neill mk II.

    He seems to have a particular blind spot in CM, where he has consistently played Hourihane at “8” – the one position he cannot play! as he is a “4” (his success at Barnsley) or a “10” (as he showed against Norwich at VP) but lacks the energy or aggression/drive to play in a box to box role. He has used Onomah in every position but “8” – the position Onomah wants to play, where he played for England U-20’s and to which his game is suited.

    The Fulham game highlighted his weaknesses – a low energy, flat CM of Jedi & CH where we needed energy and drive against a decent progressive Fulham CM. Birkir & Onomah, or even Lansbury, should have been out there.

    He has singularly failed to get a tune out of Hogan apart from one brief spell. He paid big money for him. Dean Smith had no problem building a team and shape to suit him. Ditto Lansbury who he has discarded. And selling Baker to pay JT’s wages for 12 months has proved to be a particularly stupid and shortsighted move!!

    Bruce’s substitutions have also been very poor – to say the least. He seems to think getting three no. 9’s on the pitch means attacking.

    Get him out now and bring in a manager who can mix experience with youth and knows how to build a style of play with a plan B & C and understands player’s strength. Dean Smith for me!!

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