Alan Shearer says he would back fellow Geordie Steve Bruce to get Aston Villa promoted this season, even though they had a less than auspicious start to the season under Roberto Di Matteo, when they had just one win in their first 11 Championship games.
That win was a 3-0 home win against bottom of the table Rotherham United and Roberto also had 7 draws – so he got 9 points from the first 11 games, but not the start they wanted to make this season.
Roberto Di Matteo was sacked on October 3rd after they had lost 2-0 at Preston North End and Steve Bruce has been in charge now for 5 games.
Steve Bruce and Alan Shearer in Saint Tropez back in 2012
Steve has 3 wins and two draws – so that’s 11 points from his first 5 games and Villa have now climbed to 14th place in the league and have 21 points from 16 games and they 5 points behind 6th placed Leeds United and a playoff position.
But Alan Shearer still thinks they have a chance to be promoted this season, but it would have to be through the playoffs.
This is what Alan Shearer has written on Match of the Day’s Facebook:
“It’s a big ask for them to bounce back automatically, but they might have a chance of getting into the playoffs.”
“Hiring Bruce was a brave appointment, but I am a fan of his. He’s got an excellent record of getting teams up from the Championship.”
“It wouldn’t surprise if he gets Villa up – maybe not this season, but I think they’ll definitely be in with a shout next season, if not this season.”
Steve Bruce is a very good Championship manager who has had success in getting teams like Birmingham City and Hull City promoted to the Premier league and he’s done it twice for both clubs.
Steve could do it this season, but it’s got to be an outside chance.
But with the 55 year-old’s management record in the Championship, it’s almost certain they would make it next season as Bruce has time to bring in some good players in the January and summer transfer windows.
And he has been told there will be plenty of money to spend in the January transfer window.
What do you think?