Aston Villa Sacks Steve Bruce

Aston Villa Sacks Steve Bruce

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SAMUEL OPIO

Steve Bruce has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after just one win in their last 10 games.

A 3-3 draw at home to Preston on Tuesday  in which a cabbage was thrown in the direction of Bruce  has left Villa with 15 points from 11 Sky Bet Championship games and 12th in the table.

Against Preston, Bruce endured chants of “We want Bruce out” from supporters in the Holte End after the visitors roared back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, with Glenn Whelan going on to miss an injury-time penalty.

Bruce was bullish about his future when speaking on Tuesday night, but conceded the decision was out of his hands.

“That’s for others [to decide]. You need results. The one thing I’ve always had is the determination to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. I’ll always have a go,” Bruce said.

“If I think it affects the team and the morale of the team, then of course…That’s what I’m up against at the moment. I will battle on. That’s always been my philosophy until told otherwise.”

Bruce joined Villa in October 2016 after the club sacked Roberto Di Matteo in what was their first Championship season after relegation from the Premier League.

Villa finished 13th that year, and went on to lose the play-off final to Fulham the following season after a fourth-placed finish in the league.

The 2018-19 season started strongly for Villa with two straight league wins against Hull and Wigan, but the club have tasted just one league victory since, drawing six times and losing twice.

Villa also exited the Carabao Cup in the second round after losing 1-0 at Burton.

Thierry Henry, ex-England manager Sam Allardyce and current Brentford boss Dean Smith have emerged as the early front-runners to become Villa’s next permanent manager.

 

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