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  1. Steve Bruce

    Well September football month is now truly done. At this point last year this we felt it was time to make the change with Di Matteo and it's clear Xia knew this was an important month. So what to make of Bruce? I have tried to avoid commenting as the run has been going on. However after Middlesbrough (league game) he lost it for me. All we got was poor defensive football, couldn't break down teams and we were not even winning ugly, which would deal with. Yet since then we've had 4 wins on the bounce. Scored 10 goals and conceded 1. We are now just outside the play offs. Much better then? Well, yes and no. Yes, brilliant to get back up to the right end of the table and look like we are playing a settled team with 2 strikers. Davis has been a revelation and what is clear teams are struggling to deal with him AND Kodjia, and then Adomah appears out of nowhere which is great. Snodgrass is looking stronger with each match (can't say for today though as currently on Holiday) and Hourihane is finally the player we thought we signed. Defensively we are looking stronger (Whelan the exception). Will be better when Jedinak is back though. So yes a lot of positives. There are negatives though. 4 wins against teams all in the bottom half of the table. If we are going to be challenge at the right end of the table we should be beating Burton, Brentford, Forest and Bolton. We should have also beaten Middlesbrough, especially since they were down to 10 men for most of the game. Given how we played before though we have lost points when we shouldn't have (Cardiff, given how they are doing maybe can let slide a little). To the extent that we are now getting around the playoffs. We are also still struggling to break down teams. It would seem we have played a lot better away and if teams sit back, it takes individual brilliance to sort it. I think the decent run has very little to do with Bruce. If anything, he has allowed the players to attack more but I can't decide whether that is down to him or the players. Likewise couldn't say that he was the one being conservative rather than the players (though there is a strong suspicion it is Bruce). Ultimately we need to see how we do against the Wolves, Leeds etc. To see whether we are truly going to be challenging the top 2 spots, playoffs or not at all. Can we do it under Bruce? Possibly. I can see us struggling against the big teams but you just don't know. Like I said, these are teams we really should beat, so it's difficult to say where we truly are. The Wolves game will be massively telling. They are in better form than us and looking better. Its clear though that Bruce is going to be given more time to prove it, and to be fair he has earns it. Has he won me back over? Nah, if he does get us promoted this season, I have zero confidence that he will be the guy to lead Villa back to glory (though I know he will be given the opportunity unfortunately). If he struggles against some of the championship sides, he will struggle badly in the premiership. So long as the first 11 more or less stay fit, we should be there or there about, but that's it. I do think you could have anybody there, it would just be utterly illogical to change manager now. So whether like him or not, I think he's staying for a little while. Overall Mr Bruce: 7/10. Ok but definite room for improvement. Just hope we can do something good at Wolves...
  2. Next Aston Villa Manager

    Well the good news is that if/when we get rid of Bruce, Nigel Pearson is out of the picture. He's just been appointed manager to a 2nd tier Belgium Team OH Leuven (who are owned by the Leicester City lot!) But yes, don't think he would now be in frame for the Villa should it become available!
  3. Steve Bruce

    The more he talks, the more I regret we even hired him. Last year he was the clear front runner. Unfortunately we seemed to have obtained the Bruce from Sunderland rather than Hull. As has been said, if he had left it at "I know some fans are unhappy. I think we have been unlucky and know I can turn it around. Just need to show it on the pitch." Then fine, not spout the same rubbish again and again and again. Bruce, I was with you right up until Bristol City game. You have your team, you have your staff. Whilst you do have some players from previous squads, your "best players" (Kodjia, Jedinak) were signed by previous managers. You've even made Terry look average in the damn Championship! However I was willing to give you the time to rectify it, because of your "experience" and the fact that we were looking at restarting again. The last few games have been the last straw. Its clear that he can't break down teams that sit against him. It's clear he can't change when needed. To the extent he admits Jedinak was taken off not because of tactics but damn injury! He could have got away with that! To then come out with complete tripe like this, it's clear he knows he's on borrowed time and if doesn't get enough points he's gone. For me whilst I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought he could still get us promoted at least, he cannot. He can't deal with teams that sit against you, he can't create attacking football. I don't think he is necessarily a dinosaur, his tactics may work elsewhere, but when teams come and sit against you, you have to break them down. In reality you can rarely do that with 1 DAMN STRIKER!!! Brentford outplayed us. We only got so much of the ball against Middlesbrough because they were down to 10 men for almost the entire match. My main worry is the lack of alternatives available and the reputation we will get of sacking. If we get this wrong we could end up in the Championship for a long time.
  4. What Album Are You Listening To Right Now?

    Thanks for that! I have to say I have been a little disappointed with his solo work, so might give the new one a try!
  5. What Album Are You Listening To Right Now?

    @Rugeley Villa - it was at this time he was producing Opeth records which is where the heavier influence comes from. "Fear of a Blank Planet" is a particularly phenomenal record
  6. Next Aston Villa Manager

    Tried to see what managers are currently out of work who might be able to do the job. The list is depressing... Best article found was a piece in the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/06/21/15-currently-unemployed-managers-could-do-job-premier-league/ for those intrigued - it is one where each page is a different manager and short piece on them which is rather annoying). Obviously a couple on the list probably out of reach (e.g. Claude Puel [I know he is in the poll but doubt he would come here]) and some already have other jobs (e.g. Pellegrino) or already in and out of jobs (De Boer) but can probably distilled to those likely to be linked at some point: Nigel Pearson Aitor Karanka Alan Pardew Mike Phelan David Moyes Ryan Giggs When you think that Pardew is probably the best of a bad bunch... Villa really have scraped the bottom of the barrel. Giggs may be funny for a while but he is an utter unknown, good players often don't make good managers. Besides I think it would be more fun for someone like Mellberg to get the job instead. I remain unconvinced that Smith could handle to job and I think Stam is too set into Reading. To me, Jokanović, is the only name that 1) seems "gettable" and 2) that might actually do the job. If others have any suggestions that would be great as I would like a list longer than 1 name.
  7. Steve Bruce

    I still think that Xia will give him till the end of September as that is what RDM got to "bed in". Shouldn't do, but I think he will. We are actually getting worse.
  8. Steve Bruce

    After 7 league games: Bruce this season: W1 D4 L2 RDM last season: W1 D4 L2 If it wasn't good enough last season, why is it good enough now?
  9. Next Aston Villa Manager

    I I agree with @TRO. It's clear from Xia's tweet that he feels that Bruce has been given the money, the players and the time to get promotion. He is expecting to pull back up the table by the end of September and with the games we have got that is not unreasonable at all. Whilst it has been a poor start, I still think that Bruce will grind his way to promotion but it won't be a breeze... The problem with Bruce is that what he has shown over the last 11 months is that if he does get us promoted, I have no confidence that he will push us any further. That's where Clotet may fit in. Xia ain't daft, I am sure he is seeing that Bruce has his limitations and will need replacing. He maybe simply keeping an eye on him to see how he does/interacts/watch for the next or so. Depending how he does with Oxford, he really could be a real promise for the future. There are massive assumptions in there and it could lead to nothing. What is clear that Bruce will need to be replaced if we want to be at the right end of the premier league.
  10. Pre-Match Thread

    Nor were we... To be fair it is only 1 change to Saturdays line up and that involves Hutton out! If this goes bad it's because of formation and pressure will be back on Bruce... Who knows, of it starts badly he might change formation back....
  11. Next Aston Villa Manager

    If Rafa does decide to leave Newcastle he will be heading to the upper echelons of the top European Leagues. He only stayed at Newcastle because of "the fans" or rather the fact that he would have a big budget and wage. It was a massive coup for Newcastle to keep him after the relegation, lets not forget that. He will not be heading back to the Championship anytime soon even if we could offer him the world (which would be unlikely). The reality is that we are not an attractive option and if we fire managers every season who would want to manage us? Whilst Bruce is doing everything he can to annoy the fans and we are (rightly) getting annoyed with the football, given the alternatives, we are almost sadly better off with Bruce. Jokanovic or Stam would probably be more interesting but would they really jump ship to manage us so early on in the season? Unlikely - Jokanovic maybe given the rumoured difficulties at Fulham but if Bruce was put in that list, would you really rather Peason, Warnock, Moyes?! I would rather @lapal_fan as manager over Moyes! (I can't believe I thought he was the best option 12 months ago...). Bruce this season is currently on 2 1/2 games being diabolically awful, 1 1/2 games actually good (I am not counting Colchester - that pitch was barely playable and for the Hull game, I think I am being generous giving Bruce the full half being good). Norwich has given him some breathing space but it won't be long as whether this thread remains a live one.
  12. Conor Hourihane

    Dr Xia has spoken on the rumour as rubbish: https://twitter.com/Dr_TonyXia/status/899359412980142080 Would have been bonkers to sell him, even before yesterday's performance!
  13. Pre-match thread

    I want us to try this new tactic called "passing to a player on the same team"...
  14. Next Aston Villa Manager

    Was more thinking out loud - I am still confused as to what his role is?
  15. Next Aston Villa Manager

    Given the nature of international football and the fact that these guys have limited options to make the best team, maybe not bad shouts either of them? Indeed - could be lured surely. Get us up and you get to pick the players we sign. Stepping on the toes of Round though surely? That list though, is one of the most depressing things I have ever read...