Aston Villa fans are drawing up their shortlists of potential Steve Bruce replacements, with Sheffield United's Chris Wilder proving a popular left-field inclusion.
Bruce was sacked by Villa on Wednesday after a run of only one win in 10 games across all competitions, a run which includes a 4-1 defeat against Wilder's United.
The Blades boss has led his boyhood club to fourth in the Championship standings in his third season at the helm, having previously secured the League One title and a 10th-place finish in England's second tier.
Having been out of the Premier League for as long as Wilder has been in office, Aston Villa will be seeking a similar impact from their next manager, who the following supporters hope may be the Sheffield United boss...
Frankly, anyone.— A.M.C (@Conway1Alex) October 3, 2018
I like Chris Wilder.
Dean Smith too.
Both play good attacking football.
But anyone is better than horrendous Bruce. Good riddance. A stain on the club.
Chris wilder at sheffield utd is doing that— Terance mcgrath (@RascalAVFC) October 3, 2018
Chris wilder Dean Smith John Terry defo don't want big mick— Terance mcgrath (@RascalAVFC) October 3, 2018
Dean Smith / Rui Faria / Brendan Rodgers / Chris Wilder / someone I've never heard of— Matt Collins (@MattCol69186473) October 3, 2018
Rogers is top choice for me, Garcia 2nd, Smith 3rd and someone mentioned Chris Wilder which isn’t a bad shout— Tony Ellis (@yorkybrum73) October 3, 2018
1 Smith— Enzo Bedingfield (@callum_sleezby) October 3, 2018
3 Wilder (no chance)
That’d be my hit list #AVFC
Others have been saying the same for weeks...
wilder for me— Peter B (@PeterBojangles) October 1, 2018
Wilder id like! Dean smith I’m not sure on. Done nothing special - worked a good job but nothing special/stand out. Terry out of question, Henry I’d take a punt on. I’d like Wagner, if it was possible!— Aaron #MentalHealthMuscle (@amc89avfc) September 30, 2018
My realistic top 3 to replace Bruce:— James (@gortavfc) September 30, 2018
1. Chris Wilder
2. Dean Smith
3. A punt on a John Terry or Thierry Henry
I'd be happy with Smith but I just think there would be more pressure on him as everyone wants him & being a Villa fan. Wilder has done a great job at Sheff Utd#AVFC
Wilder only recently signed a new contract at Bramall Lane, following interest from Sunderland at the end of last season.
Would the Sheffield United manager be a good appointment for Aston Villa?
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