Aston Villa supporters have been pretty quiet in recent times after seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Championship on Friday night.
Steve Bruce’s men went into their clash with Bristol City off the back of losing 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday in their previous league encounter, a result which left the Villans with just one win from their preceding eight matches in all competitions ahead of their trip to Ashton Gate. And that poor run was extended to nine games on Friday night as Josh Brownhill gave Lee Johnson’s side the lead in the first half, only for Birkir Bjarnason to cancel that out on the stroke of half time to secure a 1-1 draw for Bruce’s team.
Nonetheless, there have been many disappointed Villa fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are growing increasingly frustrated with manager Bruce, with plenty calling for the former Hull City and Birmingham City boss to lose his job.
And several took to Twitter to make the case for current Brentford chief Dean Smith to replace the 57-year-old at Villa Park, and those supporters are so right as replacing Bruce with the Bees manager could prove to be a masterstroke.
Ultimately, things have been pretty tricky for Bruce in recent times given the poor run his Villa side are currently on, and while he did lead them to the Championship play-off final last season, he wasn’t able to inspire them to victory over Fulham at Wembley back in May.
And for a club of Villa’s stature, promotion appears to be the minimum expectation of any given manager, and failure to meet those ambitions, alongside playing a relatively bland style of football as well as failing to give young players an opportunity, has seen many fans turn on the ex-Manchester United centre back.
And if Villa’s disappointing run of form continues on for much longer, Bruce could well find himself out of a job, and the Villans hierarchy could do a lot worse than seek to replace him with Brentford chief Smith were that to play out.
47-year-old Smith took over at Griffin Park back in 2015 after an impressive stint in charge of League One side Walsall, whom he took over in January 2011 and thus led to a 20th place finish that term to keep them in the third tier.
And he continued to keep the Saddlers in League One right up until Brentford came knocking in November 2015, clearly impressed with the job he was doing at the Bescot Stadium, and he has since gone from strength to strength with the Bees in the Championship.
The 47-year-old has led the club to three successive top ten finishes in the second tier on a budget which isn’t even close to many of their promotion rivals, with Smith bringing an exciting brand of attacking football to Griffin Park, in turn making them one of the most attractive footballing sides in the division.
And in getting results along the way, they currently sit sixth in the table this term, it’s clear that Smith is a very adept manager at second tier level, and must be commended for the job he is doing at Brentford from taking them from the lower regions of the Championship to being a genuine contender for promotion.
And in doing so in a way that excites supporters, he appears to be the ideal man to take over at Aston Villa.
Thus, those Villa fans are so right to call for their club to replace under-fire Bruce with the Bees chief.
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