Alan Shearer has nominated Steve Bruce as the ideal candidate for the Aston Villa job.
I have to say that I agree with the Newcastle legend, as this sounds like a match made in heaven…
Shearer says that he knows Bruce has held talks with Aston Villa but not what the content or outcome was.
Pointing to his record of getting teams promoted, Alan Shearer says that it is a ‘no-brainer’ for the struggling Championship to go for the one-time Sunderland manager.
Like a number of others such as Neil Warnock and Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce has got a history of getting teams promoted…but what isn’t mentioned nearly as much is that he also has an unhealthy record of getting clubs relegated as well (see below).
As well as his sackings, Bruce has also had a poor record of walking out on teams.
Basically, he is what he is, yet another poor/average English Manager who has stuck around and moved around smaller clubs, waiting like Sam Allardyce for a Real Madrid/Manchester United to eventually realise his brilliance.
Steve Bruce certainly gets my vote for Villa (if Steve McClaren isn’t up for it…) but as for talk of him being the next England Manager, surely the FA have learnt from their mistake of appointing somebody who has a far bigger ego than any actual real achievements.
Alan Shearer speaking on Talksport:
“He (Steve Bruce) has spoken to them (Aston Villa).
“I haven’t got a clue how the talks have gone but it’s not surprising that the big clubs will want Brucey – because when you look at his record of bringing clubs up from the Championship, it is second to none.
“It is a no-brainer Aston Villa will want to hire him and it depends whether he can go in and do things his own way.
“When you look at how much has been spent by Aston Villa in the summer, it is an absolute fortune, so he will want more funds if he was to go in there.”
Steve Bruce and his glittering managerial career:
Sheffield United – Resigned
Huddersfield – Sacked
Wigan – Resigned
Crystal Palace – Resigned
Birmingham – Promoted, Relegated, Promoted, Resigned and resigned to go to Wigan
Wigan – Resigned and left for Sunderland
Sunderland – Sacked
Hull – Promoted, Relegated, Promoted, Resigned