4. Steve Bruce Won’t Be Given Time And Will Be Judged On Results
As mentioned, Bruce has quite the reputation in the
Championship and certainly was successful with his last job at Hull City.
However, the new Aston Villa owner doesn’t look to be in the mood to give a
manager time. Roberto Di Matteo had a poor start, but most people expected that;
nevertheless, he wasn’t going to be given time to turn things around despite
being backed in the transfer market in the summer.
Bruce has come in with the club in a poor position in the
league, so it’s unclear what the expectations are for him. My gut feeling is
though he may have to get the club into the top six to stay in the job. Yet, it
may be more realistic for them to consolidate in the Championship this season
which may well serve them well going forward into next season.
It's unlikely to be a situation that the Villa owner will
settle for though, especially after the summer transfer spend. No one really
knows why Steve Bruce left Hull, but you’d expect interference was part of the
reason and he may well find similar problems at Villa. So, all in all given
time and control could be factors that could see Bruce’s spell being shorter
than he would like.
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