The pressure on Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has never been higher.
Chants of ‘Bruce Out’ were once again evident at Villa Park during the 2-1 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, which left the former Premier League stalwarts sitting 13th in the Championship.
Villa’s new owners Naseef Sawiris and Wes Edens backed Bruce in the summer as the spectre of Thierry Henry loomed large. But how much longer can they keep faith in a man who a vast number of supporters seem to have turned against?
With Andrea Stramaccioni still without a club, Sawiris and Edens could have a decision to make.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Italian tactician met Villa executives in May with an eye to potentially replacing Bruce on the back of the play-off final defeat to Fulham. And, interestingly, Stramaccioni remains available.
The 42-year-old was once viewed as one of the most exciting young coaches in Europe, taking over at Inter Milan at the age of just 36. But his reputation suffered after a dismal 15th place finish saw Inter fail to qualify for Europe for the first time in 15 years.
Stramaccioni has since endured difficult spells at Udinese, Sparta Prague and Panathinaikos.
But he would bring exuberance and fresh ideas to a Villa side that appears to be going round in circles. And he already has admirers at Villa Park.
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