Steve Bruce's future up in the air at Aston Villaby Jack Kitson / 05 June 2018, 15:32Tweet
Aston Villa could bet set for a significant summer of change as a cloud of financial uncertainty hovers ominously above Villa Park.
Rumours are rife that the Midlands club could soon be put up for sale, while The Telegraph reports that boss Steve Bruce could prove to be a major casualty as the club prepares to make cut-backs.
The 57-year-old’s future has subsequently been thrown into doubt, and to make matters worse there’s been a breakdown in communication with Villa chief Tony Xia who has given him the silent treatment ever since the club suffered play-off final heartache at the hands of Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham.
The newspaper states that Bruce is eager to put any unrest to bed, and then look to lead another promotion charge next season as Villa attempt to make it third time lucky and book their place back in the Premier League.
Bruce took charge of Villa back in October 2016 when the club were 19th in the Championship. He went on to steer them to 13th, while they finished 4th last term, seven points adrift of the top-2. His side battled past Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-finals, but then agonisingly lost 1-0 to Fulham at Wembley.
Bruce may have missed out on a record fifth promotion, but there’s few bosses better qualified than in achieving this feat, although if he does stay on he’s unlikely to be backed in the transfer market as the club prepare to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
However, should Bruce depart, could we then see John Terry return to the club as manager?
The defender skippered the club last season but decided to part ways last month. He’s since been linked with a move to Frank Lampard’s Derby in a player/coaching role, but should a managerial vacancy open up at Villa Park, he’d no doubt be keen to follow in the footsteps of Lampard and Steven Gerrard and throw himself into the managerial arena.