'He's a complete failure'; Aston Villa fans stunned by Andrea Stramaccioni reports

Andrea Stramaccioni manager of Udinese Calcio shows his dejection during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 29, 2014 in...

Could Aston Villa really replace Steve Bruce with Andrea Stramaccioni after losing the Championship play-off final?

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Large sections of the Aston Villa fanbase might disagree but Steve Bruce has done a fine job at Aston Villa in less than two years at the helm.

He has calmed this basket case of a club after the humiliation of finishing bottom of the Premier League, improving a bunch of players who underachieved massively during the short-lived reign of Roberto di Matteo almost overnight.

And Bruce has only missed out on promotion back to the Premier League on the back of a Wembley defeat to Fulham. It is worth mentioning that Villa spent just £2.5 million all season and had to contend with the long absence of their 2016/17 top scorer Jonathan Kodjia.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in...

So even the most ardent ‘Bruce out’ campaigner should agree that replacing a man with four Championship promotions on his CV with Andrea Stramaccioni would be a baffling decision.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Villa chiefs have been in talks with the 42-year-old Italian, whose short-lived managerial career has been very light on success so far.

Andrea Stramaccioni manager of Udinese Calcio shows his dejection during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 29, 2014 in...

He lead Inter Milan to ninth in 2012/13, failing to reach Europe for the first time in 15 years, nearly got Udinese relegated, failed spectacularly at Panathinaikos and his Sparta Prague side only finished fifth in the Czech Republic last season.

Bruce for Stramaccioni would appear a totally unnecessary decision driven by little other than panic.

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