Aston Villa chief: This is the only reason why Bruce could leave us
By Amir Mir
Keith Wyness has jokingly stated that the only reason why manager Steve Bruce would leave the club is for Real Madrid.
The club’s chief executive was referring to how the Championship side requires “stability” and that continuous changes within the management structure will “stop right now”.
Former Hull City and Birmingham City boss Bruce was the fifth boss to take charge of the Midlands club in October, since the sacking of Paul Lambert in February 2015.
Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo in the Villa Park dugout, after the club’s new hierarchy, backed by new owner Tony Xia, sacked the Italian after 124 days in charge.
But, former Everton chief executive Wyness explained why there will be little movement within the management staff for the coming seasons.
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“I totally agree there has been too many changes because there’s been too many managers,” said Wyness, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “And when each manager has changed there’s been too much movement with the backroom team.
“That’s stopping right now. The technical director is working on the club structure and that will create stability.
“If there was to be any change in the future, because we lose Steve through great success and Real Madrid come in for him, it would only be two or three managerial staff that change.”
Bruce is unbeaten in his first three games in charge of Villa, picking up back-to-back victories against Reading and Fulham.
The former Hull City boss will now take on second City rivals Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, as Bruce makes a return to St Andrews.
Villa are 16th in the league table with 17 points after 14 games, with the Blues one place below a play-off place with 23 points.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s senior man was named in the EFL team of the week, following back-to-back wins against Reading and Fulham.