Following a string of poor results, plus one or two recent unsavoury incidents Championship side Aston Villa’s hierarchy decided yesterday they could no longer tolerate manager of two years, Steve Bruce and removed him from his managerial post.
“What has the Villa Chairman Nassef Sawiris decision to sack the former Manchester United center-back got to do with Hibernian,” I hear you say?
Listening to Alan Brazil and his talkSPORT breakfast show while sat in front of my computer screen this morning I heard a comment from Alan’s guest Dean Saunders regarding the person who he thought might be Steve Bruce’s’ perfect replacement.
And when I heard what Saunders said I nearly spat my mouthful of coffee over my monitor.
The following talkSPORT clip doesn’t cover what the 54-year-old said about Neil (I’ll cover that in a moment). However, to give you a gist of what they were saying may I suggest you listen to this.
"I can't believe it… there is no one more qualified to manage Aston Villa than Steve Bruce!"
????️ Dean Saunders says #AVFC have made a big mistake by sacking Steve Bruce.
Do you think Villa should have stuck with Bruce? ???? pic.twitter.com/Pq8IfM8Raw
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 4, 2018
Just after their clip finished, Dean noted that Neil Lennon would be a perfect Steve Bruce replacement.
Fuss, what fuss?
Lennon had been in management ever since his Celtic appointment eight years ago. After a four year stint, he ventured south of the border to find fame and fortune at Bolton Wanderers. Following his departure, by ‘mutual consent’ in 2016 he found himself at Hibernian.
In his first season of asking Neil got the club promoted.
In September 2017 the 47-year-old accepted a contract extension. The deal will keep him in Edinburgh until the end of the 2019/20 season.
With Hibs sitting comfortably just behind Premiership top of the table Hearts Neil continues to work his managerial magic.
I DO NOT want to lose Neil. Having said that, if a job opportunity arose, especially at a massive club such as Aston Villa, what would you do?