Report: Steve Bruce urges Aston Villa to release McCormack and Richards

Steve Bruce the Aston Villa manager during the Sky Bet Championship  match between Hull City and Aston Villa at the KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce reportedly wants to see Ross McCormack and Micah Richards released by the club.

Steve Bruce the Aston Villa manager during the Sky Bet Championship  match between Hull City and Aston Villa at the KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (12/08; page 65), Steve Bruce has asked Aston Villa's owners to look to release both Ross McCormack and Micah Richards from their contracts with the club.

It has been a miserable spell at the club for both players. Richards signed for the Villans in 2015, but has made just 26 league appearances for the side and has not played a competitive minute for the team since Steve Bruce's first game in charge.

 

Meanwhile, McCormack has arguably been an even more underwhelming signing. The Mirror reports that he cost £12 million, but he has managed to score just three league goals for the club and did not appear once in the league last season.

The Sunday Mirror reports (12/08; page 65) reports that Bruce has asked the new majority shareholders to pay the pair off and release them from their contracts

Ross McCormack of Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

While it may perhaps be a costly move to release both men, it seems to make plenty of sense to look to cancel their contracts and draw a line under the pair's time with Villa.

Bruce was not able to do a lot of business during the summer window, so he may be looking to make as much space on the wage bill as possible to give them some funds to play with while they are still able to bring players in on loan this month. And perhaps releasing the pair will give them more room to manoeuvre in the market. 

Micah Richards (L) and Ashley Westwood (R) of Aston Villa react after Machester City's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at...

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