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Thierry Henry remains a shadow over Steve Bruce after summer rumour

22nd September 2018, Villa Park, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Aston Villa versus Sheffield Wednesday; Steve Bruce the Manager of Aston Villa catches the ball to give...

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is under huge pressure.

22nd September 2018, Villa Park, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Aston Villa versus Sheffield Wednesday; Steve Bruce the Manager of Aston Villa catches the ball to give...

Aston Villa's 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday has once again piled the pressure on manager Steve Bruce, with fans still disgruntled.

Villa ended a run of five games without a win in midweek with a 2-0 home victory over Rotherham United, but a home defeat has again left Bruce under huge pressure.

Villa's underwhelming start to the season – even with recent signings such as John McGinn, Anwar El Ghazi, Yannick Bolasie and Tammy Abraham – means that many fans are calling for Bruce to go.

 

His fairly dour brand of football has left Villa fans frustrated, and the problem for Bruce is that one Premier League legend is something of a persistent threat to his job.

Back in July, the Daily Star reported a rumour that Villa's new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens were unconvinced by Bruce, and were looking to bring in Thierry Henry as his replacement.

The former Ballon d'Or runner-up has been working with the Belgium national team under Roberto Martinez, but is looking to step into management – and his decision to reject Bordeaux over the summer means that he remains looking for a first managerial gig.

Former player and TV commentator Thierry Henry lookson prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, first leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Muenchen at Camp Nou...

The longer it goes with Bruce struggling and Henry still looking for a managerial job, the louder the calls for the Frenchman to take his job at Villa Park will become, with fans already taking to Twitter regularly to call for the former Arsenal and Barcelona man to come in.

Edens and Sawiris were seemingly drawn to Henry over the summer before eventually sticking with Bruce, but Henry's availability makes him a persistent threat to Bruce, who is already under threat of the sack without having an Henry-shaped cloud over him.

Steve Bruce manger of Aston Villa talks to Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on August 25, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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