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Aston Villa prepare to move on from Steve Bruce

Report: CEO readies the axe for the Manager

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It appears the Tuesday collapse was the last straw for Aston Villa’s new owners. Telegraph is reporting that the club “are preparing” to sack manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce has been at the club for almost two years (appointed on October 12, 2016) and currently on a rough-run with just one win in ten games with (arguably) the most talented roster in the Championship. And Tuesday things came to a head.... of cabbage. Villa currently sit 12th in the table with 15 points from 11 matches.

The whispers around Aston Villa have been that the new chief Executive Christian Purslow was unimpressed with the recent results but willing to give Bruce the time to see if a turn around was possible. It hasn’t happened and now it appears the axe is going to fall.

The Club has not announced anything official.

If this is the end — Bruce finishes with 102 matches: 46 wins, 25 draws, 31 loses.

There will be plenty of time (and space on this blog) dedicated to a reflection on his time at Aston Villa and how it ultimately was a failure because of the sole goal of promotion. I certainly don’t agree with every decision and taking shots at the fans is almost never a wise plan even if they are turning against you. That said the man does deserve some credit for taking over the club in a miserable circumstance, settling some of the locker room issues, and fighting through a great deal of personal tragedy last season.

The man was hired for a job — did his best — and came up short.

Aston Villa now look to the future and hope it is brighter.