Aston Villa endured a miserable first season in the Championship last term as almost anything which could go wrong, did.
The club were forced to part ways with manager Roberto Di Matteo early on in the campaign, while replacement manager Steve Bruce steadied the ship but did little else to inspire the club towards promotion.
Big money was spent on a whole host of new players, many of whom spent much of their debut Villa campaigns injured or out form, with the likes of Ross McCormack and Scott Hogan springing to mind.
Our landlord here at the Tavern thinks that the problems are only just starting for Villa though and they could well be set for a prolonged stay in the second tier.
Despite the influx of new signings over the last 18 months, this summer has seen things somewhat dry up at Villa Park under manager Bruce, and the club have once again gotten off to a dire start to their Championship campaign.
This again points to something being fundamentally wrong within the club. The team has the talent in terms of players to be romping towards a top two finish, but something just not appear quite right at Villa Park.
And things like this can sometimes take a long time to worm out. This is where the problem and conundrum lies for Villa and owner Tony Xia. In manager Steve Bruce he has arguably the best man for the job in terms of guiding a Championship club, but football is a results business, and just how long will Xia put up with inadequate performances on the pitch?
It’s a question which remains unanswered, but another change in manager would once again mean another rebuild job and settling in period. The more this happens, the longer Villa’s stay in the Championship is looking.
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