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  1. Yes mate fair point but he isn't doing it here with better players. He's got to change it to suit the players now available to him or he will be out of a job soon. I don't think Xia will wait until the end of the season if we drop any closer to the relegation places.
  2. So you don't think Bruce's tactics are at fault here? You think it's all down to Calderwood? There are very few of the deadwood playing in the first team now yet neither performances nor results have improved. Currently I don't believe that we need to spend yet more money (with the exception of a decent experienced keeper) to get out of the Championship. Player for player I also don't believe there is much difference in quality between our squad and Newcastle's. It's just Newcastle have a much better manager. That for me has been the major failure over recent times concerning Villa. A succession of crap managers who have been tactically inept shoe horning players into systems that didn't suit them. How many times have we seen the quote in recent seasons all over Villa forums stating 'square pegs in round holes?' One further point I wish to make Concerning Bruce. Why sign Lansbury and Hourihane (ball playing midfielders) when you're going to bypass midfield to play on the break unless he is waiting on Jedinak coming back to allow the aforementioned midfielders to push further forward? Even if that was the case its putting an awful lot of emphasis on one aging player to make your preferred system work.
  3. Rowett wouldn't be starting from scratch though would he. He would now have a very good squad to build into a team here and hopefully use the right tactics for the players available which time and time again Bruce has failed to do. You also have to remember that with very little money available and inferior players he nevertheless got very decent results at Birmingham.
  4. If you look at the manager's employed they haven't exactly been good managers have they? Stability for the sake of it isn't right unless it is the right manager and we haven't found one yet.
  5. Bruce is the best man in this division eh? Well on paper only. We're currently 7 points off relegation and 16 points off the playoff positions. Remember Bruce was brought in and backed to get us promoted this season. He has continued to employ sh*t tactics sitting off and handing the initiative to the opposition. Playing to contain and hit on the break rather than playing to win. Even with the new manager bounce under him we only played well in one game against Brighton. The performances in general were next to awful. When you continue to play like that results will catch up with you and they have. Even with his own players signing two ball playing midfielders he has nullified their attacking instincts by asking them to sit behind the halfway line in a 5-3-2 formation which relies on Hollywood balls to the strikers to break teams down. Those Hollywood balls have consistently turned into hoof because they rarely find their target. By the way Bruce is no Fergie, not even on the same page so your comparison is invalid. Lose the next two games and I think Bruce will be sacked and rightly so since there would be no sign of any improvement. If that happens I'd get Rowett in until the end of the season on a temporary contract to see how he does. To date Bruce has been yet another disastrous appointment.
  6. The way Bruce is continually setting us up is handing the initiative to the opposition . We are not good enough defensively to soak up pressure without conceding and then hit teams on the break. Why sign ball playing midfielders and then ask them to sit behind the halfway line for most of the game relying on Hollywood balls from deep to break down the opposition? Hourihane already looks lost. These tactics are not making the best of what we have now and it looks like Bruce is going to persist with it. I therefore cannot see Bruce being here beyond the end of this season.
  7. What I meant was PV that Steve Bruce won't be given years to get us promoted nor would any other manager. Concerning Bruce I like his signings but his tactics much less. Under him I think we've given too much respect to the opposition instead of adopting the Newcastle approach going at teams in the Championship. In each game so far under Bruce by adopting a sit back and hit them on the break system we've imo handed the opposition the initiative. However now that he has brought his own players in I hope to see a much improved performance against Forest. I honestly still believe we've an outside chance of sneaking into the playoffs if Bruce can get his tactics right because the players are plenty good enough. If we get another repeat of the Brentford performance tonight and we don't see any improvement over the next four games I think Bruce will be gone before the end of the season.
  8. Taylor instead of Amavi as Amavi's positional play has been poor. The rest I agree with. Glad Jedinak is still injured as he is an awful player. I wonder could Thor be our new DM to sit in front of the back four once he gets up to speed?
  9. I guess he will get some game time now after signing his contract Patrick so we're going to find out.
  10. If it takes years then it won't be Bruce that gets us promoted. Still feel there's an outside chance of making the playoffs this season if Bruce can sort out his tactics.
  11. Haha good one mate.
  12. It's Hogan alright. Haven't seen him play but if reports are correct we're signing a good un with the potential to get better. Wouldn't rule out Rhodes either at this late stage especially if McCormack leaves on loan but Boro are still looking too much for him. At this early stage on the last day McCormack isn't moving but things can change dramatically.
  13. It isn't a straight swap. It's Taylor plus 5m apparently. Even at that I still feel we're undervaluing Ayew a touch and think we should hold onto him until at least the end of the season.
  14. He can't do it consistently on his own though PV. The midfield around him was crap when he first came into the side and was still crap until this Jan window. Very hard for a young player to shine in amongst all of that. However he has shown that he has ability and one would hope that with better players around him now, he will flourish. If he does not, then, I will agree with you that he will be another youngster unable to fulfil his potential and time to let him go.
  15. Maybe that's the problem that he's had crap players around him?