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Plans Change For Bruce With Summer Budget?

Plans Change For Bruce With Summer Budget?

It was being reported over the weekend that manager Steve Bruce will only be given a £1million summer transfer budget with the plan being sell to buy moving forward.

With heavy spending last summer and again in January, whilst the media take the 'shock' figure as forcing a change of plans, to be honest Bruce has been saying all along that the focus was more on trimming numbers and sorting out the futures of players and moreover he said himself it would be a quiet summer in terms of incomings, so I'm guessing he probably knew that all along.

So claims of 'cash freeze' and the like from the Telegraph are a little over the top.

In any event Steve Bruce was said to have met with Director of Football Steve Round and Chief Executive Keith Wyness to formalise plans for the summer and those plans now need to change unless he can raise the funds himself.

The Telegraph says he wanted to sign at least five new players, but again that doesn't tally with what Bruce has said himself about the summer on a number of occasions.

It's no surprise to then see them list names like Jordan Amavi, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Tommy Elphick and Aaron Tshibola and they of course reference what they state was a £2.5million deal for Carlos Sanchez to Fiorentina which is already a done deal.

Championship Financial Fair Play obviously figures and Wyness himself said a good few months back that plans were in place to deal with that and everybody knew part of that would be trimming players given the number we have on our books.

With the way we have spent over the last two windows, having other clubs not look at us as a payday carries benefits of its own moving forward as well.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday May 15 2017
Time: 9:30AM


Hopefully not another manager being thrown under the bus.

Hopefully he is ok with this and that there isn't any disharmony. I'm sure he does realise there has been a hell of a lot spent for a very poor 13th position finish

You can understand why the board (if this report is true) is thinking this way though. Millions spent (not just this regime) and loads of players simply not fulfilling the big price tags. You can understand why some of the loan players (that this regime isn't to blame for) need off loading to clear their wages before bringing in more. Just hope Bruce is able to sell some of the deadweight (any offers for Gabby please take!) and then have a bit of leeway.

The players with big price tags need to turn up next season and justify their hefty price tags and wages.
The Fear
14/05/2017 21:20:00
I totally agree with it. We all know who needs to be shipped out, but not confident that some of the wasters will be gone. Bruce will need to show that he can put a team together with what he's got,which is what a good manager does, rather than trying to buy his way back to the premiership by wasting money on players hoping they will click.
AV Dave
15/05/2017 10:33:00
I don't see a problem with this. Why do we have teams of scouts and a D fo F? Aren't they meant to be looking for talent? Often when cash is not the answer, people become more inventive and teams can become tighter units - Wimbledon for example? Lets be honest, much of what has been spent to date, has been wasted. Then a let good players go - was it a coincidence that Barry Bannon and Jonathon Hogg were playing the play off yesterday? Villa has been a cash pot for years with money the solution to any problem. It doesn't work like that, let's see some graft and hard work from players keen to get the opportunity.
15/05/2017 10:50:00
He walked from Hull because of similar constraints, so he can't do it at Villa or will look like a manager that just throws money at a problem and hopes it will work.
John Cross
15/05/2017 12:21:00
Adding to my previous comment, is it wise to make public you have got to sell before you buy, you have devalued the product you want rid of, but I suppose they are better business people than me.
John Cross
15/05/2017 13:19:00
The way this is being portrayed is a bit wide of the mark. As though the rug has been pulled and there's no money. The issue is financial fair play. And with the losses Villa have made they are not allowed to continue spending the way they have. There would be punishments ranging from fines to total bans from any transfer activity at all. Bruce must have been aware this was coming. He's not stupid and it must have been talked about when spending in Jan. With any luck though we can do what we have managed to do with Gestede and Westwood and manage to get some reasonable money back.
15/05/2017 14:50:00
It seems to me this has been blown out of all proportion. Would they really tell him he's got ?1m to spend? They may just as well say he's got nothing. To be fair to Bruce he covered the majority of his January signings by off loading Westwood, Rudy and Ayew (approx ?16m). So any finger pointing on over spending should be towards RDM. There is plenty of dead wood in the squad anyway that I'm sure Bruce would love to get rid of, which can fund 2 or 3 in comings over the summer. If we want the premier league quality players that people keep talking about, then we are probably going to need to use the loan system anyway.
15/05/2017 16:28:00
I have a feeling of Groundhog Day in the air.
15/05/2017 16:55:00
That was a worry John Cross, announcing our policy seems very strange and other clubs might take advantage trying to buy players for less now they know we have to clear some.
The Fear
16/05/2017 16:22:00
I think it would already have been pretty obvious to all that we have to clear some out. I don't see any announcement making much difference.
16/05/2017 20:57:00
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