After just over a week of intense interviews and deliberating over the right choice, the Villa hierarchy have chosen their man, Steve Bruce.
Bruce was installed as the bookies’ favourite as soon as Roberto Di Matteo was sacked on the 3rd October and was also regarded as the best fit by the majority of Villa fans on social media sites, despite the fact that he was manager of Birmingham City until just under nine years ago.
There are many reasons why Bruce is the right choice to take the club forward. I am sure the fact that he has won promotion to the Premier League four times in his managerial career was a huge factor but his ability to get the best out of players under his stewardship could prove crucial in improving the Villans’ fortunes.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former Villa striker Darren Bent highlighted just how good Bruce is at doing that, after he worked under him at Sunderland, saying:
“He’s probably one of the best man managers I’ve worked with, I know a lot of players in the squad with me having been at Villa for a while – a lot of players there don’t respond well with a lot of negative criticism.
If you’re not playing well or you’re not doing what he wants you to do, Steve Bruce will do that.
But one of the main things about him is that he can get the best out of players by putting his arm around you, telling you how good you are, working with you and just supporting you. That’s what he did for me at Sunderland.”
Bruce does not have long to get used to his new surroundings as he will be thrown straight into the lions’ den on Saturday when his first game in charge sees Wolverhampton Wanderers arrive at Villa Park.
All eyes will be on him in such a high pressure game that is also live on Sky Sports; he could hardly have asked for a harder start.