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John Terry of Aston Villa during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Hull City equaliser denies John Terry a winning start with Aston Villa

John Terry presumably was not labouring under the assumption he had signed up for a leisurely stroll into retirement when he joined Aston Villa, but any faint notion life in the Championship will be easy, or even pleasurable, was dispelled on Saturday. His new side’s draw with Hull City was a broadly disjointed affair with occasional moments of quality and frequent spells of frustration. So, a fairly appropriate introduction to the Championship, then.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

Steve Bruce says Aston Villa ‘cannot keep haemorrhaging money’

Aston Villa have “spiralled out of control” financially, said Steve Bruce as he spoke of the irritation at having his hands tied in the summer transfer market. The manager has encountered restrictions owing to financial fair play, which he says the club are “on the cusp” of failing, and suggested he was not made fully aware of the situation when he accepted the job last October.