Steve Bruce started his new job as Aston Villa boss this weekend, playing host to Wolverhampton in the English championship.
The local derby ended with a 1-1 draw, leaving both sides to share a point. The game ended as the fifth home league draw this term but could have been worse for the former aspirant of the Three Lions job
Aston Villa fans have not had much to cheer about over the last 18 months, however, the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager of the club has already brought optimism around Villa Park. Bruce has been in charge of the club for three games so far and has been able to bring two wins and a draw from those three fixtures.
His first game in charge was a home derby against Wolves. Villa showed plenty of fight in that tie. They were outplayed by a very good Wolves team at times but Bruce’s men were able to stay in the game and showed the character needed to come away with a well-earned point.
Aston Villa management appointed Steve Clarke as interim manager of the club, following the sacking of Roberto di Matteo.
Roberto brought in Clarke when he took over at Villa to assist him. Di Matteo was appointed in June following the relegation of the club from top flight English football. He brought in Clarke to assist, but the poor run of games led the Aston Villa management to sack him.
It is becoming increasingly likely that Aston Villa is going to sack their manager Roberto Di Matteo after their poor start to the season. Indeed Aston Villa was keen to mount a serious push for promotion as from this year itself, but they are finding themselves struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Aston Villa has only won one game in their 11 games in the Championship, and it seems unlikely that their form will change soon. It is believed that the Aston Villa’s owner has lost faith in Roberto Di Matteo and is looking for another manager to help guide the team to the Premier League.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has criticized his team after their defeat against Bristol City.
He said that he was disappointed by the way they played and stated that they do not look like a team. He said that there is no cohesion and that it appears that each player wants to do their own thing on the pitch.
Two clubs with great histories but uncertain futures put on a fantastic game of football, as Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest shared the points after a 2-2 draw in front of over 30 thousand supporters at Villa Park. Villa will be disappointed that they couldn’t take all three points however and were left to rue a number of missed chances.
This was a good attacking performance from Roberto Di Matteo’s men and if the manager can just shore things up at the back, Villa should be able to take all the points in similar clashes and start to climb up the league.
The club currently sit 17th in the table and the Premier League may look a long way off, but things can change quickly in the Championship and a decent run could put Villa back near the promotion spots. The players just need to learn from this result and show more composure on the ball in the next game.
Aston Villa are without a victory since February and the record did not change even after the arrival of Roberto di Matteo.
The Champions League winning manager was appointed as the replacement for Paul Lambert. It was apparent that the Italian was going to have a tough task on his hands in order to manage a club that has been in difficult times for several years. A change of ownership coupled with an extremely poor squad have left Aston Villa in a very difficult situation, but none would have imagined that Di Matteo would start his regime with back-to-back defeats.
Bristol City have rejected a bid of £5 million for Jonathan Kodija, according to latest reports.
Aston Villa are keen on adding the player to their ranks ahead of the forthcoming season but will have to put in more effort after their bid was snubbed.
Roberto Di Matteo is a manager who is not so known or as highly rated as many others but the accomplishments that the Italian coach has made are incredible to say the least.
When he took charge of West Bromwich Albion back on June of 2009, the club was in dismal form as they had been relegated from the Premier League and had to compete in the Championship League but after only 1 season of having taken charge of the club, Roberto Di Matteo managed to push them back to the top tier English League which is very impressive for any coach in his debut season.
Aston villa is reported to be interested in signing Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle this summer. Villa who were relegated to the lower league last season have been keeping tabs on the player who is set to leave Palace this summer.
Not just Villa, Newcastle also reportedly want the player.
The 25-year-old is reported to be looking away from the club as opportunities at Selhurst Park have increasingly been limited. He started just eight Premier League games under Alan Pardew in the last campaign and with the coach still looking out for reinforcements up front, the player would have increased competition next season.