One quote in the Birmingham Mail stands out this week.
Aston Villa news (@AVFC_News) April 18, 2017
“To ask any player to play twice in 48 hours is difficult. If both teams are playing then it`s a bit different.”
Worryingly adding “But we have shot ourselves in the foot by playing two games in 48 hours.” and … “The reasons baffle me to be perfectly honest. It`s to do with the church, isn`t it?”
Did the board not consult with Bruce? I am told the church had some sort of good Friday march and didn`t want it to clash with the fans going to Villa Park. Even if it was just for the simple service, the Church could have been more accommodating instead of Villa, rather naively, bending over backwards for them.
There was nothing to stop the church being welcoming to fans of both clubs, ringing the bells like they used to (the Bells are ringing came from that), standing outside wishing passers by a happy Easter and so on.
Why on earth did whoever made the decision – evidently not Bruce – think it ok to bow to the church and make our players play twice in such a short space of time?
Surely the decision could have been put to the manager, who is under enough pressure without this sort of nonsense?
This club is truly baffling at times.