Steve Bruce is really feeling the heat after spending massively in January, only for Aston Villa to be left fighting relegation rather than for a place in the play-offs.

As always, when the plastic Geordie is under pressure he comes out with a load of bluster to try and distract attention away from his own failings.

You would think he used to play under Sir Alex Ferguson…

Ahead of a return to the north east on Monday, Steve Bruce has been trying to keep the support of the Aston Villa supporters, many of who are realising just how hopeless he really is.

Building his reputation on getting clubs promoted from the Championship, his mates in the press rarely draw attention to the fact he relegated both Birmingham & Hull, as well as walking out very quickly on a number of clubs, including Wigan after less than two months and Crystal Palace after only three months.

In trying to keep his new set of fans onside, Steve Bruce has declared Aston Villa is ‘the best and biggest club I have had in 20 years of management’.

This will really impress the Sunderland fans who watched Bruce waste a fortune on poor signings and leave them in a right mess, then have the nerve to say he was never given a chance because he is/was a Newcastle fan.

Are Villa a bigger club than the Mackems? Well Villa certainly have less fans and are currently a division lower than the Wearsiders, they have a history but then so do Sunderland and most others.

Steve Bruce claims he has ‘been waiting for an opportunity like this for 20 years’ and that those who say he doesn’t care ‘is the biggest load of bull’.

I will leave you with a very unpleasant mental picture in your head of Steve Bruce ahead of our match on Monday night, the Aston Villa boss saying ‘It’s tough but this is where you show your balls’.

No, you’re alright Steve, not in our backyard!

Steve Bruce:

“I have been accused of not caring, which is the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard.

“I have been waiting for an opportunity like this for 20 years and I will do everything to make it work.

Aston Villa is the best and biggest club I have had in 20 years of management.

“Arguably the toughest one to turn around but given time I know I will do it.

“This is when you show your mettle – we are up against it…but roll your sleeves up, batten down the hatches and get ready to try and ride the storm because there will be one, every man and his dog will have their say.

“We have Aston Villa…the big name, the big stadium and the big crowd.

“For the best part of two months we mounted a challenge and we were just short of the play-offs and then change happened – but for the sake of the club I thought it was the right thing to do.

“I didn’t envisage too much change but the way it happened, I know for the sake of club we will get better.

“We have to ride the storm, see it through, stick your chest out.

“It’s tough but this is where you show your balls.”

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