Gordon Strachan lifts lid on conversations with beleaguered Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce, suggests he needs help from above

Steve Bruce the head coach

Gordon Strachan has lifted the lid on conversations he has had with beleaguered Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Steve Bruce the head coach

Aston Villa boss Bruce has come under fire again after his side's 3-3 draw with Preston on Tuesday night.

Villa have only won three of their opening 11 games in the Championship this season despite Bruce assembling a strong squad for another push to get back in the Premier League.

Many Villa supporters have flooded social media and football phone-ins recently demanding change.

Reports have suggested the club are looking to restructure by recruiting a technical director and head of recruitment.

 

That has given way to some suggesting Bruce is being undermined.

But former Premier League manager Gordon Strachan told Sky Sports' The Debate that too much pressure rests on Bruce's shoulders from all aspects of the club.

Strachan revealed what his former Manchester United teammate has told him in private conversations and suggested he needs more help from above.

"I think he's unfortunate because it's happened with a lot of big clubs who have spent a lot of money, and I mean a lot of money, and you go down and there's people in there with so much money and they know fine well that they're never ever going to get that money again and you cannot budge them and that's the problem for Steve just now," Strachan told The Debate.

Scotland's head coach Gordon Strachan looks on prior to the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier football match between Slovenia and Scotland at the Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, on October 8,...

"I think sometimes, and I hope (for Bruce and Villa's sake) I'm wrong here, it's a three manager job before it starts going on again because those three managers have got to get rid of a lot of players and deal with all that.

"It's so important recruitment and you get the right people.

"Unfortunately there's some clubs who go and buy big but don't look and think 'If we do get relegated what kind of player do we have?'.

"I spoke to Brucie just before the new guys (took over the club) and he said 'Nothing, hey Strach, nothing here, no money, there's nothing' then suddenly three weeks later, what are these players like, what's that player like because suddenly big money again.

"You look at his career and there has been moments like this. The owners have to look back at his whole career ... course he's a good manager, that's why he's there. Sometimes you have bad times as a manager. What will get you out of that league is 100% effort and good men standing beside you, there's nothing better than standing in the tunnel and going 'Yea' I don't know how many can stand in the Villa tunnel and go 'Yea I'm glad you're here' and maybe Steve's the same.

Steve Bruce the head coach

"I spoke to Brucie about that (the shake-up of personnel behind the scenes) and I asked him 'Who is your technical director?' 'Not got one', 'Who is your sporting director?', 'Not got one of them either' So you're wondering where the recruitment comes from.

"Steve's not got a problem with that (the club appointing new people behind the scenes) I think it would help him, as long as the technical director is on the same wavelength and if I was a technical director I would be trying my best to make sure the manager is successful.

"Aston Villa must get that anyway (those roles) because they are too big a club not to have those kind of characters."

Things don't get any easier for Bruce on the pitch.

He cannot go into the transfer market to rectify any issues.

And Villa face Milwall, Swansea, Norwich and QPR in their next four games.

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