There are a lot of Villa fans that would like that. To sack Steve Bruce now would be a huge mistake in my opinion. Like Steve said himself when answering questions from BBC WM Sport, if we are still playing like this ten games in, “he’ll know what the consequences are.” So I say, let’s give him ten games and then make a decision on whether he should stay or go.
Me personally, I’d give him longer. Villa are still damage goods, and we can’t shake off the past bad mismanagement of our club. It’s like we have some sort of mental health condition that looks like it should be easy to address, but it isn’t. The scars of Randy Lerner’s time in charge of Aston Villa are cut deep into the soul of our troubled football club, and it seems to radiate out towards anyone that should join her. Aston Villa is in a deep dark depression, and we don’t know which way to turn.
Listening to Steve Bruce’s interview on the radio yesterday, you could clearly hear that he is a troubled man; so let’s say that in 10 games time, he hasn’t turned things around, whom do we bring in then? It just doesn’t feel right to posing this question, as I think Bruce is a man of honour, coupled with a very good track record of getting Championship sides back into the Premier League, the kind of candidate that the Doctor will probably look for if he should sack him.
Just a cautionary note, if Steve Bruce doesn’t turn it around in ten or twelve games and the doctor sacks him, then it’s back to square one! And with a new manager in, you can add another two years onto the three years that I predicted it would take for us to get back into the Premier League when we were relegated. There is no easy way out of this situation, and if the fans get what they want and Steve Bruce goes in a few months time, then at some point, we have to give the next manager times to get things right, no matter how long it takes.