Aston Villa supporters have been pretty subdued in recent times after seeing their team’s testing run in the Championship continue on Tuesday night.
The Villans went into their meeting with bottom side Preston North End at Villa Park having won just one of their preceding eight league games, thus seeing them fall into the bottom half of the table prior to kick-off. Yet they looked on course for a fourth victory of the campaign when they raced into a 2-0 lead, only to somehow fall behind 3-2 heading into the final few minutes, with Yannick Bolasie sparing their blushes with an equaliser late on to secure the Midlands giants a point from an enthralling encounter.
Nonetheless, there have been many frustrated Villa fans up and down the country in recent times, although some are likely to be more upbeat following the news that manager Steve Bruce has been sacked by the club following their poor recent run of form.
And with Bruce gone, attentions are now turning towards who could be his successor at Villa Park, but the club’s board simply must not make what could prove to be a terrible decision in appointing Sam Allardyce as the new Villans boss.
The 63-year-old has been out of the game since losing his job at Premier League side Everton during the summer, where although he led them away from the bottom three to the safety of eighth place, he did so in a way which didn’t go down at all well with the supporters.
And having performed similar survival missions at Sunderland and Crystal Palace in recent years, there is no doubting Allardyce’s pedigree in that particular situation – yet that situation isn’t applicable to where Villa are at presently.
The Midlands heavyweights aren’t in relegation trouble in sitting just a few points off the top six, and while there is little doubting that Allardyce would make an immediate impact at Villa Park, as he has done in most of his other jobs, he is unlikely to win the fans over.
Clearly, one of the chief reasons why Bruce fell out favour among the Villa Park faithful, and subsequently lost his job, was because of the boring brand of football he played – for the players Villa have in certain areas of the pitch, the fans have every right to expect to be more entertained.
But it is likely to be even worse under Allardyce were he to succeed Bruce in the Villa Park dugout – the club needs someone progressive to take the club forward now, and the 63-year-old simply isn’t that man.
Ultimately, Bruce did a decent job at Villa in stabilising a club that were heading only one way when he took over back in the autumn of 2016, and if the circumstances were similar now, Allardyce would be a good choice.
But the Villans are in a much better place now after a couple of tricky years and transfer windows, but the players are there, the infrastructure is there, and the supporters are certainly there for the club to sustain a promotion push this season – it just needs someone to get the very best out of that squad of players.
And while Allardyce deserves credit for the career he has had in management, he simply isn’t the right man to replace Bruce at Villa Park.
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