I am not sure Steve Bruce fully realised the size of the job he was taking on at Aston Villa when he said yes to becoming their new manager although he knew all was not right or he would not have been offered the job.
However I am sure he realises after being at the club for a time that the problems are worse than even he thought. The squad looks as if it needs a major overhaul.
That is not good news for owner Dr Tony Xia who has already invested multi millions in the playing squad. However the amount of money spent and wasted before his arrival is not Steve Bruce’s concern as he is charged with getting them back to the Premier League as soon as possible.
Villa have wasted mega bucks on players just not fit for purpose over the last few years and players that will NOT get them out of the Championship. The manager is addressing the situation with the signing of Lansbury and potential signings of Barnsley duo James Bree and Connor Hourihane.
It does not help when big money signing Ross McCormack misses training on a few occasions and has his attitude and fitness questioned by the manager? I don’t see how he can play for the club again after Bruce dug him out at the weekend. But will they get 12 million for him? Not a chance. When players break the rules the rest of the squad are looking at the manager to see how he deals with it. I am sure they have the message that Steve Bruce is not to be messed with.
It leaves the manager with a problem of where the goals are coming from? Dr Xia just might have to dig deep again to finance signing a top class striker to partner Jonathan Kodjia. Sadly even with money they are hard to find.
Well done to Aston Villa for the fantastic tribute to former manager Graham Taylor last weekend. Absolutely brilliant to see so many ex-players there along with Grahams wife Rita. The sight of all the mobile phone lights being held aloft on 72 minutes was emotional and a fantastic tribute to a great man.