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In Defence Of Steve Bruce

In Defence Of Steve Bruce

Following: Ridiculous Post Match Hissy Fit From Steve Bruce revolutionatlast has sent in the following defence of Steve Bruce (important to note in my article I wasn`t calling for his head, I was having a go at the negative post match comments that - and some have missed this I think - criticised fans, the owner and the CEO for 'hysteria`).

Over to revolutionatlast (with thanks for the article submission, always happy to take all opinions and views)

In defence of Bruce

I know this won't be popular with many but I agree with Bruce's comments about hysteria from the fans.

There I said it!

I know we shouldn't be in the Championship but we are. I don't think he's perfect- I've been baffled by some decisions, I was really disappointed to see Baker go- he was doing better in the premiership than Clarke in my opinion and after a time on loan in the Championship, I thought he'd be ideal for us. But how many fans agree with everything their manager does?

I remember my bewilderment at Martin O'Neill repeatedly playing people out of position and thinking if he just played people in their position we'd get a champions league place. I remember wishing the club for years to buy a decent striker to finish off the good work or Ashley Young/Milner etc. But we sold them before we got Benteke....

We've tried proven, old managers (Houllier), young exciting managers (Paul lambert played exciting football before he came here and was forced to play boring football)...when experienced players haven't performed, the fans have complained they don't care and that we should play our youth. Then when our youth did get played - Clarke, Baker etc everyone laid into them for not being good enough!!

Guess what guys - our youth aren't good enough! We may have a famed academy but in reality how many have made it? We sold Cahill to Bolton before he was really good, we sold Albrighton...what happened to all the hype around Gardner? We kept Gabby who had potential but became a striker who couldn't score - sorry to say that I feel like I'm the only one drawing the same comparison with Davis - he works hard but isn't a natural goalscorer so therefore really a luxury...

So back to Bruce. (also being discussed in The Steve Bruce forum thread )

He's never set the world alight but he has a proven track record. Finally we have someone with a proven track record, someone who knows this league inside and out - which us lot don't - and I'm convinced we as fans compound the problem. If we were Aston Villa from MON days and we're suddenly here next season them sure boo and complain that it isn't good enough. But actually this is our reality. We have fallen from grace. After years of wasteful management, poor investment, lack of infrastructure and a lack of patience, we are an above average championship team and lo, we're in the top half of the table.

What difference is there between us and say Leeds? Nothing but time. We don't have any more right to promotion than them. Chances are we won't go up but if we don't there's better than Bruce. The last 8 years have been terrible because we've been short termist, because we've rushed. There isn't really anyone with a better record than Bruce. I've heard people! say we should get Huddersfield's David Wagner like he'd be that bothered about coming. That we should get the Wolves manager when he's done nothing more yet than Tim Sherwood had. How long before he was hounded out? Too many of our fans act like we're still a big club and compound the pressure. Yes we didn't win in 5 or play well but sack the manager? Now? Where has that approach got us in the last 8 years? We're going to have some ups and downs but if they guy who's been promoted 4 times can't get us out, who do you think can?

The grass is not always greener. I know this won't be popular but it's coming from a good place I promise!

Happy new year, UTV


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 1 2018
Time: 9:19AM


Sobering, it's almost as if we should give up as we're not good enough. With the money spent and the hype we get fed (Steve has himself hyped up promotion and is another to keep telling us all we are a big club, as does every new player in, owner, ceo etc) you can't blame the fans for high expectations. Thanks for the article mate, appreciated.
The Fear
01/01/2018 09:22:00
How many months in and he still hasn't developed a playing style / attacking system / football culture throughout the squad, meanwhile other managers at other clubs have and they have done it with much weaker talent at their disposal. The only thing positive to say about Bruce is that he stopped the rot but after that I don't know what he gives us that is any better than your average championship level manager
Big Dubs Header
01/01/2018 10:48:00
i was always worried about the short term-ism,,, and there are plenty of our former players who are now very decent championship players,,, and when bruce does get the chop in the summer and we hopefully appoint dean smith he will need time to build another side from our youth , hoping to keep some key players to build a side around,,, when the money goes we will see the likes of kodjia davis grealish davis johnstone sold to finance the bargain buys that we will have to rebuild with,,, thats if we buy johnstone in this window,,,, the reality is the side has never really got going,,, the start was dreadful and disastrous and having stumbled onto a settled side when the injuries struck the confidence went and lets face it adoma pretty much carried us into the top of the play off positions,, covering up the fact that we are pretty toothless up front,,, and create far to little,, we are hamstrung by expectations and FFP and the big fact the money is running out and if we dont go up its going to be tough for a few years,,, as to bruce,,, he has had bad luck,,, kodjia grealish jedi green and terry are pretty big losses to cope with,, and lansbury samba gabby and hogans injuries have probably not helped matters that said we still were capable of putting out a good side,,, with probably 30 mill of aquisitions either dropped or out on loan the big problem is we dont have the players on the pitch to play bruces style and be more effective at it but the chances are it will get you in the mix at the end of a season we just dont create enough, how he changes it i just dont know how but we need dynamic forwards who score goals,, and not to play whelan unless jedi needs a rest or injured,, bruce is not a terrible manager,, his record proves that but at this time to me he is getting things very wrong at times and almost clueless,,, he can see us struggling and then players make terrible mistakes,,, compounding his stress and the reaction from the fans which considering what we have watched is totally understandable,,, bruces future at the club starts today,,, with the window open we need to act fast and get a result against city today,, i would take a point and then hopefully then go on a run and get ourselves within touching distance of the last automatic place
01/01/2018 11:10:00
Well written piece revolutionatlast, reflects most of my sentiments about the situation. The over reaction to dropped points and name calling towards Bruce, makes us sound like a bunch of spoilt kids. I do wish he wouldnt be so open in his interviews though, all it does is give people more ammunition to fire at him.
01/01/2018 11:23:00
To many fans act like we’re a big club? We are a big club, it takes more than dropping a league, and bad management to take that away from us, Glasgow Rangers were dropped to the bottom tier through bad management, you’re not telling me we ever thought they weren’t a big club when that happened, it’s thinking we’re re no longer a big club that allows Steve Bruce to get away with playing shocking football, he’s had some serious money and time and we’re 1pt better off than last year, that to me means no improvement what so ever, and when thousands of fans travel the length and breadth of this country they deserve some entertainment.
01/01/2018 11:32:00
SB has done a brilliant job in stopping what was an alarming slide. However, the progress since then has been disappointing. We do need stability and I really do like Bruce as an honest manager. I really think we must give him his season and then reevaluate. Agree with most of the article, except the bit about youth. Cahill always looked a future England international at Villa and Gardner was so unlucky having two cruciate injuries so young which he has never recovered his former pace and power from. As wel as Grealish we have FIVE England u20 international players (Sulliman, Green, Hepburn-Murphy, Davis and O'Hare) plus some very exciting u18 players having watched the Youth Cup... In the longer term how we progress as a club will be decided how we develop this talent. It's the only way we will really be able to compete. SB is the right man for now IMO... Let's look at the picture again in the Summer when we know what League we are in
01/01/2018 11:34:00
Generally agree with revolutionstlast. We fans are too impatient and we have no divine right to be at the top. That said, too much money has been wasted on unused & poor players - it still is being wasted - Gabby & Richards are just 2 examples. The cries for other managers. Let's just think about that. 6 months ago people wanted the Sheff Wed manager - ah he has just been sacked. The point here is that whoever is winning is the flavour of the month. BUT that person has risen up from maybe 20 or 30 other managers and its his time in the limelight - only to fall again - Lambert! Deans Smith has proved nothing much yet, other than beat us in the last few meetings! If Bruce is to go, no more knee jerk reactions please. Why is all of the attention on Bruce. WTF is Round doing? He was going to set the pattern of play, scout players etc. I don't give a rat's ass about developing sides in India or China until we are sound at home. We have more coaches than National Express but no sense of direction. Maybe its time to stand together, ask everyone to step up to the job in hand, stick to a plan long enough to give it an apportunity & stay together.
01/01/2018 12:30:00
He will last until the summer at least. The problem is, he brings the animosity on himself, using ill-onsidered terminology such as "crisis" and "mass hysteria". No one seriously thinks we are in crisis, and no one is hysterical about anything. Most of us are just totally fed up with dire performances and struggling in division where we are supposed to have the best and most expensively-assembled squad. And Bruce suggesting that the win at Boro "will have shut a few people up" is just pouring oil on already troubled waters. It's like David O'Leary allover again.
01/01/2018 12:47:00
Couple of problems with Bruce. One is that his promotions were in the past, and the Championship has changed remarkably even in just the last two or three years. You can see it in the race for the playoffs being even closer this year than last year. You need to have 50% win rate to have a reasonable chance of just making the playoffs. His approach is failing to get near that, mainly because there are faster more attacking teams who themselves may struggle to make the playoffs but who can cause upsets playing against his teams. Other problem is that his appointment was out of line with what fans expected, but also with what the club stated was the sort of Villa we needed to become. Why did we get six players last January four of whom he plays reluctantly, if at all? My guess is that these were Round appointments rather than Bruce, players who fitted the direction we ought to be going in. Whatever, Bruce failed and is failing to get the best out of them. The big mistake was the club ditching its vision in favour of a short cut to promotion. There are no short cuts in football. Bruce doesn't seem to see beyond players he's worked with in the past, and they are not the future.
01/01/2018 13:33:00
It is obvious that what would help change minds of those who doubt Bruce, is a few good footballing performances, and a some decent wins against some of our main rivals. The Boro result hugely welcome, but whether you define that as a blip, or the Brentford match as the blip, is a matter of opinion. Cue, today's game. Will it be a scraped, battling performance where we draw, narrowly win, or narrowly lose? Or will we get well beaten by a better organised team? That's the problem for me - the missing option of a dominant Villa winning well is never on offer with Bruce.
01/01/2018 14:36:00
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