As always the debate rages on over the manager of Aston Villa. In our forum The Official Steve Bruce Thread continues and just like on the terraces, some love him, some are unsure and others really don`t buy into the vision!
This was an interesting post by “Merd” that we thought would be good to front page:
We all want a stable Premier League football club ultimately.
If we were performing like Wolves and having the odd blip against a Millwall or similar, we would all be happy as flies on a dung heap. We don’t have that level of performance and we continue to be made to look bang average by Bolton, Millwall, Wolves, Cardiff, Reading et al, so we are not all happy.
Perhaps I am unrealistic in my expectations, as others may be, but to get back to the upper half of the PL we must play a better brand of football. Can Bruce deliver this? He has no track record of it so far in his footballing career. Put another way, during all our years of PL football, there was never any Villa fan thinking ‘that Steve Bruce fella, really want him as our manager’.
We are where we are and he has stabilised a sinking ship, got rid of some rotten apples etc, but the reality is that we will eventually replace him as manager. The timing is crucial to our success, as is the name of the next manager. There is no room for sentiment here, this is a decision that has to be and will be made at some point by the board.
For me we are too far into this season to replace him now, but I really don’t want him giving Gabby a new contract or employing any more Whelan’s or Samba`s during the next couple of windows.
Wolves regularly play 8-9 players who are generally young and joined the club this season, while we are relying on a bunch of journeymen with a couple of youngsters.
Timing is everything in football – right person, right place, right time. I believe we should be searching for our Nuno, Wagner or Wenger so that a smooth transition can be made. If we continue with Bruce I can see the continuation of highly paid journeymen making up the majority of the Villa team for years to come. I do understand that it is a risk, but one worth taking. Bruce may get us promoted this year, but for me he will have served his purpose at the end of the season whatever the outcome.
The next five games will give us a good indication of where we will be playing our football next season. The right decision about our next manager, will decide where we play our football for the next decade.
Read more in the forum thread (more adult language etc in there) The Official Steve Bruce Thread