Dr. Tony Xia’s search for a permanent manager is over. The only question that remains is will this one finally be a long term appointment?

The good

Steve Bruce has been named as the new manager of Aston Villa Football Club. Bruce’s managerial record boasts a number of Championship promotions, which is of course the club’s and owner’s primary aim. With this in mind, it is clear to see why he was Xia’s first choice and topped the list of potential candidates.

He’s a manager who will hopefully stabilise the club and stop the poor run of results that see the boys in claret and blue sit in twentieth place in the league, only mustering up one win against the side that currently sits bottom of the division. Most importantly, Bruce will look to solidify our defence and hopefully put an end to conceding late goals, which have cost us vital points far too many times over the course of the current campaign.

The bad

The only real downside I can see to the appointment of Steve Bruce is his affiliation with Birmingham City. The new boss played and managed our second city rivals twice. He’s also never managed any other side for as long as he’s managed the Blues.

Fans should be able to look past this as he was clearly the best option for us out of the (pretty poor) list of potential managers. The last thing we need is an “Alex McLeish” situation with many of the fans on his back because of his past. It is so important that fans as a collective support Bruce and the side as the Villans look to push on from this poor start and kick-start the season.

Looking forward

With a new management team in place, we can hope to see a new brand of football ultimately leading to some wins that we desperately need. If we’re daring to dream, we could even see a late push for the play-ofs…


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