Steve Bruce reveals fears ahead of first full season at Aston Villa
By Matt Bullin
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has admitted he knows he will get the sack if his side do not mount a promotion challenge next year.
After taking over in October, Bruce guided the Villans to a 13th-place finish, in a season where a finish in the play-offs was deemed the minimum requirement.
The finish was the lowest Bruce has experienced in his managerial career, as the Birmingham giants ended a huge 32 points behind champions Newcastle.
Villa have already been touted to win promotion next year and Bruce realises he has a busy summer ahead of him, if he is to get his squad ready for a promotion charge.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, he said: “I have got to have a squad of players that are going to mount a challenge, otherwise I’ll not be sitting here – quite simple.
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“It’s important that we have a good summer and pre-season and, of course, the most important thing is that we assemble a squad that is capable.”
Bruce has already started offloading a host of unwanted players, and six Under-23s have been given the boot so far, with more exits imminent.
Joonas Sundman is among the players leaving, and Tom Leggett, Joe Linley, Jerell Sellars, John Abdoul and Rory Hale have all been cut from the squad after failing to break into the first team as well.
Bruce’s brave comments come following the news that he will be handed a transfer kitty of just £1million by his board, as the club face Financial Fair Play penalties, according to the Mirror.
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