If you can endure any more AVFC then here are the latest happenings in the grand old bonkers world of Aston Villa.
The weekends and the defeats are now beginning to condense themselves into a nightmarish blur. Our latest sorry attempt at Premier League football combined to deliver 45 minutes of abject “park the bus” followed by an absolute demolition by Manchester City.
Following a bizarre press conference “walk-out” and another defeat to compound Garde’s misery, his future is even more in the spotlight. Garde is perhaps spared some blushes by the complete ineptitude of Steve McClaren, but our manager’s inability to inspire any fight in the Villa team is a worry.
Our brief fling with Garde has been a mixed bag indeed. Sherwood’s casual attitude was dumped in favour of the Frenchman’s more methodical approach. Since then we have watched the public deterioration of both Remi’s relationships with players and the board that appointed him. He has a right to feel aggrieved with all parties.
And then the news of a link to Hull’s Steve Bruce. Surely, surely, Randy Lerner can’t appoint a second former Blues manager? In the life and times of Aston Villa though, nothing would surprise us.
Would Bruce even leave a club that he is guiding back to the top flight? Would Bruce be the right man for the job? Would we need to apologise for telling potato head sit down? No, yes and yes (unfortunately). My mind tells me that this will never happen, but given the actions of our board / owner in recent seasons; watch this space.
There are also some speculative reports that Stilyan Petrov will return to the club and take up a role coaching in the first team.
The appointment carries obvious brownie points for the Villa hierarchy as they try to do the right thing and also get the fans back on side.
Stan would naturally be a popular appointment but my only worry is that he could be dragged down & tarnished by a squad of players unfit to lace his boots. Petrov represents everything we now lack; class, dignity and a doggedness to do well.
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