Aston Villa's recent reported Steve Bruce replacement leads St Etienne to biggest derby defeat

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017 in Preston, England.

Former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia was tipped to replace Steve Bruce at Aston Villa back in September.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017 in Preston, England.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce was left hugely disappointed after his side conceded inside 20 seconds on their way to a 2-1 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

However, a man who was only recently tipped to replace Bruce in the Villa Park hotseat endured a far more humiliating defeat a day later.

Spanish newspaper Sport reported that Villa had made contact with former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia after Bruce guided the pre-season promotion favourites to just seven points from their opening seven Championship games in 2017/18.

Saint-Etienne's Spanish head coach Oscar Garcia gestures during the French Ligue 1 football match AS Saint-Etienne versus Stade Rennais FC on September 24, 2017 at the Geoffroy Guichard...

In the two months since, however, the genial Geordie had presided over a huge improvement – so much so that Villa are still in the play-off positions despite Wednesday taking three points from their trip to the Midlands.

Though you get the feeling that a 2-1 home defeat would be something of a dream result for Oscar Garcia right now. Because his St Etienne side were blitzed 5-0 by bitter rivals Lyon in the eastern French derby on Sunday evening – a result which had hundreds of furious home fans rioting on the Stade Geoffrey Guichard pitch.

A brace from Nabil Fekir and one each from Memphis Depay, Mariano and Bertrand Traore inspired Lyon to their biggest victory over St Etienne since records began.

French riot police are seen on the pitch where Saint-Etienne fans descended during the French L1 football match between AS Saint-Etienne and Olympique Lyonnais, on November 5, 2017, at the...

No wonder the home fans were, let’s say, disgruntled.

Villa supporters might have made that short trip from St Andrews with a touch of disappointment after the recent goalless Midlands derby draw – but they’d surely take Bruce’s pragmatism over a 5-0 thrashing.

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