Ex-Blues boss Harry Redknapp loves to talk and early this week, during an after dinner speech at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium, he gave the details of a phone call he had with his once opposite number Steve Bruce, earlier in the month.
As reported in the Birmingham Mail, according to Redknapp, the Villa boss called him on the eve of Villa’s trip to Barnsley and highlighted the pressure he was under.
“Everybody wanted to sack Steve Bruce!” Redknapp told his audience in Walsall.
“Brucie rung me (two weeks ago), he went: ‘I think I’m going to get the sack if we get beat tomorrow’.
“I said: ‘No, you’ll be all right’, and Birmingham sacked me instead!”
While not his biggest fan due to the past year, on the MOMS podcast we called for the common sense approach of patience as Bruce was waiting for certain factors to help boost Villa’s fortunes.
Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak were still to return, Robert Snodgrass had just signed and several other players introduced from the summer transfer window, needed at least some games to settle.
Villa Supporters in the MOMS survey also seemed to very much agree with our thinking on this.
Although, as we say on the podcast, if Villa had lost against Barnsley and not beaten Forest, it would have been hard to see him surviving much longer.
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On the latest podcast episode, which was mainly recorded at Villa Park during the Villa vs Brighton U-23 match, we discuss what has changed in the Villa team in recent weeks and what Bruce’s settled first XI is getting it right.
The show sees a debut appearance for Holte End season ticket holder and music producer Chris Budd, as we also highlight a few U-23 players, discuss the Nottingham Forest game, before we teleport (literally!) into the future to look back at Villa’s 4-0 away win at Burton.
We also look ahead to the Bolton game and the expectations after the upcoming international break.
There’s also ‘Twitter with Tony’, while Negatron is concerned by all those away goals against Burton. Right at the end of the show, we teleport to visit Negatron in the future…
Thanks to Chris Budd for joining the show at Villa Park. Check out his music here: Budd Music
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