This is when fans should panic - Saunders delivers verdict on calls for Aston Villa to sack Bruce
By Danny Wright
Dean Saunders believes that Aston Villa fans should start to panic after eight games if they have no more than four points after an underwhelming start to the Championship season.
After drawing with Hull on the opening day of the campaign, Steve Bruce faced calls to be sacked after his side endured losses to Cardiff and Reading.
The West Midlands side managed to get the first league win of the season on Saturday when they beat Norwich 4-2 at Villa Park, which takes them on to four points.
However former Villa striker Saunders, 53, thinks that if his old side were to go on a losing streak for the next few weeks, it might be time to start asking serious questions of Bruce’s leadership.
“You could do with a win in the first couple of games just to quieten everything down and get three points on the board,” said ex-Wolves manager Saunders on BT Sport Score on BT Sport 1 on Saturday.
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“But they have lost a couple of games and negativity has come in, but Steve Bruce will get it right. There’s no reason to worry right now because it’s a tough league.
“Newcastle didn’t win in their first four games last year and got promoted, so there’s no panic yet.
“If it goes to eight or nine games and you’ve got three or four points – panic.”
Villa have had a frustrating summer where they have failed to spend anywhere near as much money in recent years with most of their signings coming in on free transfers or on loan.
Summer recruits John Terry, Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone all started the clash with Norwich on Saturday, which the result saw the Villains lift themselves off the bottom of the standings into 16th place.
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