Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Reading's Steve Bruce links

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

Steve Bruce is reportedly set to be offered the Reading job, two months after being sacked by Championship rivals Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's Manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on October 2, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Now, Steve Bruce is a proven and experienced Championship manager with an excellent record when it comes to taking teams up to the Premier League. Four times he achieved the feat in fact, twice each with Hull City and Birmingham.

But if anyone is still claiming that Aston Villa made a mistake in sacking Bruce in October, their argument doesn’t stack up in the face of evidence.

Villa have exploded into life under Dean Smith, looking like a team transformed and fulfilling their massive potential at last. They’ve beaten Derby, Birmingham and Middlesbrough in their last three games with an aggregate scoreline of 10-2.

Bruce, to put it simply, underachieved, albeit in testing circumstances.

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

And the Aston Villa fans have been quick to point that out as the 57-year-old is being tipped for a return to the Championship with the now manager-less Reading.

The Royals sacked Paul Clement after a dreadful start to the season on Thursday and The Mirror (live blog, 10.17pm) reports that Bruce will now be offered the chance to steer the club into safer waters.

But, if Villa fans are to be believed, Bruce might have lost a bit of his lustre. Reading shouldn't get their hopes up just yet.

22nd September 2018, Villa Park, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Aston Villa versus Sheffield Wednesday; Steve Bruce the Manager of Aston Villa shouts at his players

 

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