Villa 1 – 2 Sheff Weds; That’s enough, BRUCE OUT!

I really wanted to think about things before I posted anything, but I’m afraid I can’t resist anymore.

It seems most Villa sites are just as reticent as me to actually call for Bruce’s head, probably because they realise, just the same as me, that a lot of what he says makes sense.

I’m trying to be absolutely fair here, so just bare with me.

We had massive upheaval in the summer and Bruce was looking to get rid of anyone who was worth anything, purely to keep the club alive.
That’s a poor situation to be in.

We’re all great managers on paper, but consider what Bruce must have been thinking at the time.

And then it changed on a sixpence, where the new owners came in, which must have been equally as shocking.
So now, Bruce, who was probably part way through negotiations about some players leaving, then has to say it might not happen.

And then maybe, it does after all, as even minted owners have to comply with FFP.

I wouldn’t wish that situation on anyone, as it must be the world’s worst nightmare for a manager in any field, let alone footy.

But that’s where the excuses end.

We’ve signed some great players on loan.
El Ghazi, Bolasie and Abraham seem inspired signings.
And I salute Bruce for getting them in.

But after today, I’m just not seeing how he will make them work for us.
Even if he does to a certain extent, I am pretty sure that it won’t be to their best.

So what actually happened today?

Well, quite simply, we huffed and puffed at a reasonable rate, just the same as we always do under Bruce.

We showed great effort and intent for about 10 minutes, where we massively worried Wednesday, but the rest of it was all far too pedestrian; just the same as we’ve complained about for a long time.

It comes down to simple facts again and Wednesday looked the better team and created more chances.
All while we’re at home.

This is now quite simply unnaceptable.
We’re being bettered by lesser teams.

And as much as I really wanted Bruce to come good for us, now I believe he’s not capable.

If the Elphick rumour is remotely true (and I suspect it probably is), it makes sense.
The manager has too many favourites and is too quick to abandon anyone else, regardless of if they’ve performed well for him.
How must Adohmah feel, for example?

Whatever, it now seems to me that Bruce has shaken the squad up by some very brutal means.
A last roll of the dice, I reckon.
That still made us perform like that today.

A performance that was to my mind, bloody poor.

I really don’t think Bruce has anything left to contribute anymore.

I’d salute the bloke, for what he’s done for us, this far.
He’s stabilised us, without a doubt.

But now is the right time for him to go, as to my mind, there is no way he’s going to progress us as a team.

Go Steve, while some of us can still see your plus points.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 26, 2018 at 3:36 pm .

    Badger, I’ve still got a delay on posting.

  2. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 26, 2018 at 7:02 pm .

    And me Bill

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson September 26, 2018 at 8:24 pm .

      Hitch I’m wondering if its the like button. There was a caption kismit something like that at the bottom of the post , its gone. Still carry on as they say.

  3. nath
    nath September 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm .

    chester did have a big hand in both goals conceded yet i don’t want to hang him, i just want fairness for them all. its understandable that chester is also making blunders the whole defence is at sea on choppy waters. but he is the captain and he has to be marshalling the defensive line. better than for the second. he was slow coming out from the corner. he played three onside. but saying that he wasn’t helped by grealish giving the ball away

    we cant just pin the whole defensive problems at the defence and goalkeeper. we had no cover what so from midfield against owls. the ball was given away so many times in positions where the owls where right in on our defence. owls pressed us well in areas they know we would give up possession. both cm were given a torrid time.

    i agree with badger on grealish. i know he can get up and down and with all fairness thats great. but hes a liability in our half. he should be in the front line in a 433 either side of tammy. or the player behind the striker. we have to protect this weak defence with three solid midfielder, until the defence getrs organised. which could take months.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 26, 2018 at 8:32 pm .

    Nath the whole team is misaligned, Bruce has panicked in upsetting players, putting players in wrong positions, falling out with our sent on loan players. He’s became a joke to the club, I’m reading post in papers all around the footballing country, he’s gone as far he can take us.he has to go.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 27, 2018 at 6:48 am .


  6. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 27, 2018 at 6:48 am .

    Works fine now Badger.

  7. DSVilla
    DSVilla September 27, 2018 at 9:42 am .

    I look at the site every day hoping to read that Bruce has gone and a replacement named.

    The owners are between a rock and a hard place. We are bound to breach FFP this year, and sanctions will follow. The likelihood would be that the sanction would hit us next season, and make promotion almost impossible (assuming maybe 12 points deduction). That means we need to get to the Premiership this season. Will we do it with Bruce? Highly unlikely. Could we do it with another manager? Maybe, but it is a big risk. It needs to be done asap if it is to happen at all.

    Stick or twist?

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm .

    DS Villa, so do I, I’m thinking this match tomorrow is his death warrent he has to win or he’s gone. He’s brought all this on himself by playing silly buggers with out of position playeres. He has to go.

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