Aston Villa supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second Championship defeat of the season at the weekend.
Steve Bruce’s men went into their meeting with in-form Sheffield Wednesday off the back of beating Rotherham United 2-0 in their previous league encounter, and thus seeking back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. Yet the Villans were unable to do so as goals from Marco Matias and Steven Fletcher either side of a stunning John McGinn strike sealed a 2-1 success for Jos Luhukay’s Owls, thus prompting boos from several home supporters at the final whistle.
As such, there have been many disappointed and angry Villa fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter in recent times to demand the club get rid of manager Bruce.
And those supporters are spot on that the club simply have to make the big change very soon indeed, as it’s clear that things aren’t quite right at Villa Park under the former Hull City boss.
Ultimately, one shouldn’t forget the job Bruce did last season in leading the Midlands giants to a fourth place finish in the Championship, although they still ultimately fell short of their expectations by failing to win promotion back to the Premier League, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley.
And with concerns over the style of play and the manager’s unwillingness to give young players a chance, Bruce really needed to start the current season well in a bid to get supporters back onside – but that hasn’t really happened.
Yes, it has been by no means a disastrous first few months for Villa, but they haven’t pulled down any trees either in winning just three of their opening nine league games, and with two of those coming in their first two matches, their recent run of form has been particularly poor indeed.
Add in an embarrassing Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of League One side Burton Albion at the rear end of last month, and things really have been woeful at Villa Park in the last few weeks – and the buck ultimately stops with the manager.
Yes, his record throughout his career in getting promoted with Birmingham City and Hull demands respect and maybe he is the right man to lead Villa back to the top-flight, but one senses that he missed his opportunity last year in losing out in the play-offs.
And the Villans’ recent form in winning just one of their last eight games in all competitions, alongside the relatively drab football they have playing, means that those Villa supporters calling for Bruce’s departure are absolutely right to do so.
Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!