The Mirror are claiming that Steve Bruce is on a collision course with Aston Villa’s board over their decision to refuse veteran Alan Hutton a new contract.
Aston Villa CEO Steve Wyness however, ever so slightly disagrees with the rumour. He tweeted:
what absolute rubbish!! https://t.co/7VHhe6OQRk
— keith wyness (@retsub12) May 16, 2018
To the point isn’t it? And I would imagine, what with him being the CEO and all, he’s going to know a little bit more about the goings on at Villa than the tabloid paper!
I thought it had already been established that Alan Hutton had been told that the Club couldn’t commit to a new contract until they knew what division they would be in. It was indicated to me (get this) from a source close to the club (!) that if we went up, they’d have the money to spend and Hutton would be offered a deal.
Steve Bruce was asked about Hutton following the two-legged semi-final v Boro and answered: “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding. If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player.”
Bruce is right, he was exactly that, outstanding.
As to the CEO’s comment, fair enough, I trust this board will do what their manager wants. From what Keith is saying, there is no collision course. I don’t think it is unreasonable to get the play-off Final out of the way before they decide on funds and contracts. Do you?
Whether we get up (we will) or stay down (nooo, not going to happen) I would imagine that Bruce will want to keep Hutton, he’s proved to be totally dedicated, can play in several positions and has never let us down.