Why Steve Bruce is a good fit for Aston Villa

Last updated : 12 October 2016



Bruce returns to management after leaving Hull in the summer and here Press Association Sport looks at five reasons why he is the perfect fit for struggling Villa

1

HE IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB

Put simply there is not a better candidate

Huddersfield's David Wagner would have been a calculated gamble, Brentford boss Dean Smith perhaps does not have the required experience yet and current assistant Steve Clarke will be guilty by association with the previous regime in the fans' eyes

Bruce is a solid, sensible and obvious appointment

Beggars cannot be choosers and with Villa on their knees again they should consider themselves fortunate that someone like Bruce is available and willing to come

2

PROMOTION PEDIGREE

Bruce has won promotion to the Premier League four times with Birmingham and Hull - the last coming in last season's 1-0 play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday with the Tigers

Villa need a manager who knows the Sky Bet Championship and has experienced success and, while sacked boss Di Matteo went up as West Brom chief in 2009, Bruce is much more equipped to tackle the demands of the division

Villa are 15 points behind leaders Huddersfield and need all of Bruce's nous to be able to catch them

3

PERSONALITY

Bruce is affable and approachable and Villa need all the character they can get after a series of managers who have lurched from distant to irritating

The club as a whole is changing after the silence of the Randy Lerner era and Bruce will only help them continue to reconnect with fans and media

Di Matteo could come across as aloof while Tim Sherwood's arrogance wore thin and it was clear Remi Garde did not want to be at the club any longer than he had to be

Bruce has the personality to re-establish a bond

4

HE KNOWS THE CITY

Some fans will be sceptical after Bruce's six-year spell with bitter rivals Birmingham, but that still gives him the advantage of knowing the dynamics of the city and the passion of the fans

He should be able to turn his past into a positive and if he beats Birmingham in the Second City derby then it will be a major step to winning over any early doubters

There should not be any fallout from his time at St Andrew's, which ended nine years ago

5

STABILITY

After job-hopping early in his management career, Bruce has tried to build at other clubs since moving to Birmingham in 2001

Six years at St Andrew's ended when Wigan came calling, as he returned after an eight-game spell in 2001, and he steadied the Latics in two years at the DW Stadium

He may have been sacked at Sunderland in 2011 but he did lead them to 10th the season before and spent four years at Hull to twice take them to the Premier League

Source : PA

Source: PA

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