Steve Bruce to stay on as Aston Villa manager

July 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa released a statement confirming Steve Bruce would be staying on as manager, after rumours the Villans were considering replacing him with Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry. Bruce held talks with majority owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens and received their support for the new season.

Reaction has been mixed from supporters, as some believe a change in coach was necessary after last season’s failure while others suggest backing Bruce was the sensible decision. After Villa’s investment from Dr Tony Xia ran out this summer, the Midlands club haven’t managed to make a signing, so having the manager stay in charge who knows the players makes sense.

Backing Bruce over appointing Henry is wise

Bruce has come under a lot of criticism after failing to lead Villa to promotion last season. Despite getting the side to the Championship playoff final, questions have been asked why they missed out on a place in the automatic promotion spots given how strong their squad was.

Villa spent more than £70m in 2016/17 and had to curb their spending in 2017/18 to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Despite this, they came within 90 minutes of returning to the Premier League, but many people want Bruce’s head after he failed.

However, why would Thierry Henry be a better fit? The Belgium assistant is a relative novice in terms of coaching who has no experience of the Football League. Bruce has won promotion to the Premier League four times with two different clubs. He’s failed to deliver his remit but could have more success with another shot at it and would fare better than Henry, no?

Playing style needs improvement

With Sawiris and Edens backing Bruce, the Villa manager now needs to justify the decision. Fans have taken aim at the 57-year-old for the club’s poor playing style in the last 12 months, with Villa opting for a direct style that isn’t easy on the eye – no Championship side made more crosses last season.

Playing too forward too quickly and bypassing the midfield drew the ire of many fans. Despite having players such as Jack Grealish, Henri Lansbury, Robert Snodgrass and Conor Hourihane last season, Villa’s build-up play was predictable and direct.

An experienced manager like Bruce has to tidy up their play if they want to stand a chance of being promoted. He’s likely to be in charge for another year but could lose his job if 2018/19 turns out to be a failed campaign.

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Round-up – What’s Happening at Villa? Transfer Talk Cooled

July 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Transfer News, Villa Manager 

After it was suggested that the likes of Charles N’Zogbia and Alan Hutton were close to transfers it appears that talk and indeed interest from both parties in terms of Villa and the respective players has cooled, meaning that Shay Given is likely to be the only completed transfer by the end of this week. Read more

McLeish Handed League’s Easiest Start?

June 25, 2011 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Hot topic debates, Villa Manager 

I’ve had a more detailed look at the Premier League fixture list, released last Friday, to just how happy new Villa manager Alex McLeish should be with the start to his league tenure at Villa club, and the answer is…. very happy! Read more

McLeish Speaks to Press Claiming Villa Job was an Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Alex McLeish sat for his first press conference as Aston Villa manager at 2pm this afternoon, saying that it was a great honour to have been chosen by Randy Lerner as the clubs new boss and that the offer to join was one that he could not refuse. He stated: “It’s not every day you get offered a job like this. There is no way I could not have been the new manager of Aston Villa.” He added: “I have taken a lot of heart from Randy Lerner seeing something in me to take Aston Villa forward…I’ll do the utmost to prove I am the right man for this job.” Read more

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June 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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June 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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A quick update on the poll launched earlier asking – Where will Villa finish in the league under Alex McLeish? – has seen unsurprisingly mixed results thus far. Read more

It’s Official: Club Confirm McLeish Appointment

June 17, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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It’s official. Aston Villa will be managed by former Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish as of next season after the Scot agreed terms following ‘productive’ talks with chairman Randy Lerner. Read more

Big ‘Eck? Big Risk?

June 16, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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The latest instalment of Aston Villa Blog’s partnership with fellow fan site Aston Villa Life has been sent in by editor and guest blogger Matt Turvey and is based around the potential appointment of Alex McLeish and the potential ramifactions. UTV! Read more

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June 15, 2011 by · 12 Comments
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A protest by Villa fans at Villa Park today has seen a crowd of over 1,000 grow to share their dislike for former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish while the Scot was being interviewed by chairman Randy Lerner in London. Read more

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