The players took to Steve Bruce, and he had a not-too-bad record in the Championship this year. He has four promotions to his name. Then this year he tanked in the ultimate game. And it was a game-changer for me. His entire career culminating in one game and it slipped away. Reason enough to thank him for his efforts and hand him the box of personal items from his office.
Do Aston Villa need Birmingham City Football Club? Do they need Wolves? Or how about West Brom? Of course they do. What is it going to take for all four West Midlands sides to be in the Premiership at the same time?
Dissecting Steve Bruce can be a fun pastime. Either slating him or hailing him as a genius creates discussion, banter, and some thinking about opposing points of view. All of this is fodder for our blog.
Villa, I think, are in a hesitant cycle. People who make the decisions are afraid or unwilling to step out and face the future. Falling back on what was once comfortable, once worked, and was once successful is too strong a feeling to really change.
The importance of making a team tick when local derbies arrive is important writes Matt Greenhill.