John Terry to replace Steve Bruce in the Aston Villa dugout?by Jack Kitson / 18 August 2017, 10:57Tweet
Steve Bruce’s future at Aston Villa has been shredded in doubt following a disappointing start to the new season, with the club’s opening three games producing just a single point, leaving them 23rd in the Championship.
But, it gets worse.
John Terry, who has endured a sluggish start to his Villa career, has been installed as the bookmakers shock 7/2 favourite to replace the under-fire Bruce, should the latter be booted out of the exit door.
If Villa chiefs do wield the axe on Bruce, the lack of viable replacements is worrying.
Terry’s presence at the top of the betting market is laughable, although the odds are supplied by jokesters Paddy Power.
While there’s plenty of experience on offer in the top echelons of the market, it’s fair to say these particular managers have with rather tarnished reputations, and would no doubt prove to be unpopular, uninspiring and ultimately ungratifying appointments at Villa Park.
Roy Hodgson’s (12/1) dismal England exit may have been over a year ago, but it’s still fresh in people’s minds, David Moyes (14/1) is in hiding following his woeful spell at Sunderland, which followed forgettable stints at Real Sociedad and Man Utd.
Nigel Pearson (14/1) may have laid the foundations for Leicester’s remarkable title triumph, but he’s since experienced a desperately short tenure at Derby.
Elsewhere, Chris Coleman (10/1) and former Villa boss Martin O’Neill (12/1) are both content in the international arena with Wales and Republic of Ireland respectively, while it appears unlikely that the Midlands outfit would take a punt on novice Ryan Giggs.
It sums it up that Villa fan, and of course former Prime Minister, David Cameron also features in the betting, albeit out at 500/1! Maybe having Bruce at the helm isn’t so bad afterall...
But, maybe what Villa need is a young, talented boss with a fresh injection of ideas and methods. Perhaps a Nathan Jones (Luton), Pep Clotet (Oxford), Darrell Clarke (Bristol Rovers), or Danny Cowley (Lincoln).