If Steve Bruce’s dismissal proved anything, it was how many ex-player pundits and media are stealing a living. Many were happy to pass judgement on Bruce departing, despite having very little insight on what happened in the two-year duration of his management or seeing little (if any) of the 102 Villa games Bruce had managed.
The lazy accusation of Villa supporters not accepting Bruce, because of his previous time as Birmingham City manager was banded around. A patronising notion, highlighting such an inane grasp of the reality of the situation and the low frequencies that some people in the media operate on.
When he came to the club, Bruce was seen by many as the most likely to succeed, in terms of promotion from the Championship. Any reservations about him, were mainly down to his approach and his team’s style, but his critics knew, that in the case of getting out of this league, results ultimately would be king.
Whether he was the ideal Premier League boss for Villa was a debate to be entered into, if and when promotion was secured.
The Blues issue was for the vast majority of supporters never an issue, especially the match-going ones, who were largely patient despite being disappointed at the performances they were witnessing over the years.
‘It just goes to show the clowns that run some clubs haven’t got a clue !!!’ cried former goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, on Twitter.
On the contrary, the new majority owners could have axed Bruce as soon as they came in. Instead, they chose to give him a chance, since he was willing to stick around during a period when the club were financially going up in flames.
In terms of the remit for Bruce’s Villa job, it was simple – promotion. Anything else would be considered a failure. He had failed twice before and when promotion this season looked to be under threat, despite soft opening fixtures, that was what he was judged on.
All the issues surrounding Bruce leaving are discussed and considered in a thoughtful manner in the latest episode of the My Old Man Said podcast and we also look at the incoming manager picture. It’s well worth a listen, if you fancy something a bit more informed (and humourous) than the usual dross out there.
Plus, there’s an interesting take on what’s happening with Jack Grealish.
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After one win in his last 10 games, Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been given the Villa Park guillotine. My Old Man Said’s David Michael, Dan Rodgers and Chris Budd discuss the reality of the situation, considering all the mitigating factors and whether it was the right decision and why.
Also, as well as looking at what went wrong for Bruce, we also digress to look at the issue of Jack Grealish, the current problems he’s having on the pitch and how he could improve. Events of the Preston North End game are also covered, which typified Villa’s problems under Bruce.
We also look at the kind of new boss Villa need in and some of the candidates that are in the running, and if they are the right kind of managers.
In other news, the show is now available on Spotify.
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