Forget Bruce – Here are 2 top-class replacements who Aston Villa could appoint including veteran Scot

Aston Villa endured a disappointing couple of weeks to end what was an encouraging season in the Championship. They narrowly missed out on being promoted to the Premier League and now, it is being reported that manager Steve Bruce may not be staying with the Midlands club.

The report claims that Bruce is keen to stay back but Tony Xia has not been in touch to get his contract sorted.

It must also be noted that the Championship outfit are facing a lot of financial struggles right now. To deal with it, Villa might have to sell their star players and no manager would be happy with that. As far as Bruce is concerned, he will not face a shortage of offers given his excellent promotion record.

However, his absence could go on to create greater troubles for the Villans. If Bruce ends up leaving Villa, here are two managerial options that the club could consider replacing him with.

David Moyes

The experienced Scottish manager is now available after being let go by West Ham and he could be up for the role at Aston Villa.

To be fair, he did a great job at West Ham as he steadied the ship and helped retain their Premier League status. Over the years, he has proven to be an extremely resilient and hard-working manager.

He is also known for working well within a budget and that makes him an excellent appointment for the Villans right now.

He boasts of experience in the top-flight and is also renowned for his ability to get teams promoted to higher leagues.

Martin O’Neill

Can Aston Villa lure the Northern Irishman away from the international scene and get him back to club football?

Having achieved glory with Villa in the mid-2000s, O’Neill might not be going back to any club anytime soon. He is a loved and admired figure by the fanbase and those were, incidentally, the last glory days at Villa.

O’Neill still has ample quality as a manager and would be a great appointment for Villa. He was reportedly in talks to join Stoke in January but he turned them down. Could the call of his former club be enough to tempt him back to the league?

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  1. Those are pathetic suggestions. They are the same as Bruce – old fashioned managers with little or no tactical awareness, an inability to use a squad system and to develop youngsters.

    Dean Smith … all day long. Knows how to manage on a tight budget and get the best out of what he has.

  2. Replace one backward step with two more, would be precarious and eventually
    the demise of AVFC . Stop falling into the same scenario , either keep a tight monetary control and find a fine quality coach who can wheel and deep on a low budget. Gamble
    On youth from the academy and get rising forward thinking coaches, Bielsa, Garcia.
    (Wenger Garde) double. Bring in fans groups to board room input and finance. End the
    Sky Tv Monopoly money which is killing the lower divisions , Eventually the bubble will
    burst and AVFC is that warning

  3. I agree Tony. If any manager got us in financial trouble it was MON. All he wanted was more and more. Moyes I won’t even add to how stupid that would be. Articles say English Football is in great fiscal shape yet Championship clubs spend 99% of their money on salary??? The Prem is only 23% of clubs in our Professional Football Leagues. Even in the Prem about 8 clubs get all the glory and it’s putting the other 84 clubs slowly out of business. Are we all really this blind?

  4. I agree with every comment here. And to even suggest David Moyes as a candidate, he doesn’t even want to manage the club. Forget these two!
    Right now I prefer Stramaccioni all day long.

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