15 years after bust-up, Simon Jordan blown away by Aston Villa senior man

By Harry Sykes

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has claimed on Twitter that Aston Villa are in “good hands” under Steve Bruce despite their tetchy history.

Jordan appointed Bruce as manager at Palace in 2001 and famously took him to the High Court months later in a bid to prevent the manager quitting the club and not working his notice.

Bruce, 56, has built a reputation as a promotion expert during an impressive managerial career, guiding Wigan and Birmingham from the Championship to the Premier League on four occasions in total.

He was appointed by Villa last October with the same brief and, during what has been a rollercoaster tenure, evidence of improvement has been only marginal despite considerable recruitment in the January window and some recent good results.

Nevertheless, the outspoken Jordan, 49, is a big admirer of Bruce’s methods and gave a ringing endorsement after watching a Football Focus interview on BBC on Saturday.

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“Good interview, nice to see a manager not hedge, backed himself and clear in his objective, Aston Villa in good hands,” said Jordan on his personal Twitter account.

Goals from James Chester and Scott Hogan helped in-form Villa claim their fifth win in six games with a 2-0 triumph against Wigan on Saturday.

A Chester header gave Villa the lead after 73 minutes, before substitute Scott Hogan sealed the points with six minutes remaining when he nodded in from Albert Adomah’s cross, his first goal since joining from Brentford in January.

Villa have climbed to 12th in the Championship table and closed the gap on sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday from 17 to 11 points in their last two games, but their chances of securing a play-off spot with eight games remaining are distant.

In other Aston Villa news, a defender has quit Villa Park and already agreed terms with another club.

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