Mick McCarthy reportedly wants Aston Villa talks, but he is Bruce 2.0 ?

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on October 02, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa need to replace Steve Bruce and Sky Sports say former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy would be keen on the Championship job.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy celebrates after the Sky Bet Football League Championship match between Fulham and Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage  on December 15, 2015 in London, United...

Mick McCarthy has been an ever present in the Championship over the last few years, so no wonder the 59-year-old is keen to return to management with one of the biggest clubs in the second tier in need of a new main man.

Aston Villa sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday after a run of one win in ten games. And, according to Sky Sports, McCarthy would love to speak with the Midland club, six months after walking out of Ipswich Town.

But, after two largely underwhelming years under Steve Bruce, would McCarthy simply be a sideways step?

 

McCarthy can point to an impressive Championship record, having won promotion from the second tier twice as champions with Sunderland and Wolves. But so can the man Villa sacked in midweek. Bruce earned promotion four times, twice more than McCarthy.

It is fair to say many Villa fans wanted a break from the less than thrilling style of play Bruce instilled over the last 24 months.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on October 02, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

With the likes of Jack Grealish, Jonathan Kodjia and Yannick Bolasie plying their trade in claret and blue, hiring the famously pragmatic McCarthy would hardly represent a stylistic improvement on paper.

After all, the veteran coach spent the last few years frequently at odds with Ipswich fans because of his allegedly overly cautious approach.

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy and Assistant Terry O'Connor during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2, 2017 in...

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