Like time, Aston Villa are very much a flat circle. After rumours emerged that Andrea Stramaccioni, former Inter Milan, Udinese and Sparta Prague manager, had been in contact with Villa about succeeding Steve Bruce in May, they are now back once more in September and seem to be gathering pace.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport are among a number of websites reporting this ‘news’ with no major source - some sites have cited the original rumours after Villa’s play-off defeat as a source. Gazzetta are running with the story that AVFC have renewed contact with Stramaccioni in recent days, but it’s rather hard to believe. We’ll see what happens here. Probably nothing.
Andrea Stramaccioni has a fairly decent pedigree as a coach, but it dissolved in recent years. Firstly, his former striker, Italian icon Antonio Cassano said that Stramaccioni ‘was the worst person ever’ while Sparta Prague fans hounded him out of their club. While he knows his stuff - if Villa fans have an issue with Steve Bruce, they will certainly have an issue with a man who seemingly can’t do right with any single word that leaves his mouth. He’ll need to fix that.
That being said, it’d be a huge risk for Villa to take. It’s not happening. Surely.