Aston Villa were previously an English giant and they were arguably one of Europe’s best-known teams. However, it’s fair to say that they’ve fallen in esteem somewhat in recent times. Their relegation to the Premier League back in 2016 has seen them remain the Championship since, and they were unsuccessful in their attempt to regain their Premier League status last season.
It’s fair to say that they were considered competitors for a promotion again this season, but things have quickly gone off the boil at Villa Park. Steve Bruce was dismissed from his post last week, and at present, they’re not amongst the most competitive teams in the second-tier of English football.
They need a new manager, then, that can help turn their form around, but it doesn’t look likely to be Brendan Rodgers. He recently came out and ruled himself out of linking up with the Villains – and that’s a move that should come as a real blow to the club’s brass. Indeed, perhaps more than that, it could be a sign that Villa will find it more difficult than ever to bring in a top-tier replacement for Bruce.
Rodgers’ latest words simply bring home the reality that Villa Park isn’t what it used to be, and whilst the club itself is still big; the job that it demands is even bigger.
After all, this could have been the ideal opportunity for Rodgers. He isn’t having the best time of it in Scotland, and whilst he may note his love for Celtic, it’s clear that in an ideal world, he’d be back in England managing at the highest level. Now, granted, Villa aren’t exactly the pinnacle of England as they once were; but they’d certainly be a start. All it would take is a good season to get back into the top flight, and from there, anything is possible.
He’s baulked at that opportunity, though, and that’s a worry.
What’s caused that rejection? Well, he could be being honest and simply view Celtic as a better career choice at this moment, but perhaps it’s down to the fact that Villa just aren’t what they were. The job at hand is a sizeable one, with injuries, a lack of form and a lack of direction proving too much for Steve Bruce to manage.
The financial issues surround Villa were a big topic of debate over the summer, and that’s played an impact heading into this season as well. They didn’t bring as many players in as Bruce likely would have wanted, and with the January window still a few months away, that makes the club a risky job for any top manager. There’s a decent squad at the club, but nobody other than perhaps Jack Grealish can be deemed a top player, and that’s worrying for a club that has such lofty expectations.
Villa, then, are in a tough spot. Rodgers’ latest words simply bring home the reality that Villa Park isn’t what it used to be, and whilst the club itself is still big; the job that it demands is even bigger.
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