Hull City defender Alex Bruce has criticised Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow, saying he should take a leaf out of Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani’s book.
With the 2019/2020 season yet to resume due to the current pandemic, Villa have been left concerned over their top-flight status, sitting 19th position in the Premier League table.
Purslow, who has been vocal in regards to how the season should end, voicing his opposition against the potential use of neutral venues, has now gained some critique from Bruce.
Comparing Purslow’s recent comments to the movements made by Leeds boss Radrizzani, Bruce said that the Villa man should look to follow the Italian in how he handles club matters.
When asked by Football Insider whether senior club figures should avoid public speaking during this time, Bruce said: “For me, yes, because when you see someone like Christian Purslow come out and say he wants this that and the other, he’s obviously panicking about the relegation.
“I think ultimately you’ve got to leave it to the governing bodies because there’s nothing you can really do to influence them because it’s them who are making the decisions.
“They’ve got a lot of clubs to think about and whatever they do, it will be for the benefit of everybody. I respect people like Radrizzani who have just kept their head down, let the powers that be make the decisions and respect them when those decisions have been made.”
Villa, who could lose top-flight football if they do not find form when the football season returns, could be replaced by Leeds in the Premier League with the Yorkshire club sat top of the Championship table and on the verge of sealing an automatic promotion.
You have to agree with Bruce’s comments on Purslow. The Villa chief will ultimately have little say in how football returns or how the 2019/2020 season will be completed, and it certainly does appear that he is panicking.
A relegation for Villa, after gaining promotion last term, would be catastrophic for the Midlands club, and would undoubtedly see a number of high profile players look to leave this summer.
Looking back on Purslow’s comments regarding neutral venues, the Villa boss will be hoping his side can produce the goods at Villa Park, or he will be left very red faced indeed.
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