EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Steve Bruce’s future at Aston Villa is in major doubt following the club’s announcement of significant new investment into the club, Football Insider sources understands.
Villa confirmed earlier on Friday that they had received major investment from company NSWE, which is jointly owned and controlled by billionaire Nassef Sawiris’ group NNS and businessman Wes Edens to help ease the club’s well-documented financial problems.
Villa’s financial problems came to light following their failure to win promotion to the Premier League last season, which caused them to miss a tax bill due to HMRC in May and has left them needing to make savings of £40 million next season to avoid being fined for breaching the FFP rules.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the new investment into Villa is set to lead to question marks over Bruce’s long-term future at Villa.
The experienced manager was behind Villa’s lavish spending in the transfer market last summer in a bid to win promotion only for Villa fall at the final hurdle when losing to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.
Bruce has been in charge at Villa since October 2016, but he has been unable to lead them back to the Premier League as they prepare for their third season outside the top flight.
The 57-year-old is on a rolling contract at Villa Park and Villa’s new investors could want to make a change in the manager’s seat and bring in their own man to take the club forward.
The former Birmingham and Hull manager insisted he was keen to stay on at Villa despite the off-the-field problems, but the decision could now be taken out of his hands by the new investors.
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