Aston Villa challenged for a place back in the Premier League last season, losing out at the final hurdle to eventual Play-Off winners Fulham at Wembley.

This season couldn’t be much further from that success story, a series of disappointing results leaving the Villans scrambling around in 15th place, albeit just four points adrift from the play-off places.

The stumbling, faltering displays played out by Aston Villa over recent weeks led to the ultimate price being paid by Steve Bruce. Bruce’s sacking, even though it was long-expected, has still left a gap at the club that still needs to be filled.

Pundits and reporters alike have been prophesising just who they think will be the next in at Villa Park, a club that still represent an interesting proposition for any manager due to their size, potential and history. Names such as former favourite Stiliyan Petrov and Brendan Rodgers have been thrown into the mix.

However, one big leader is world football legend Thierry Henry who many are saying is leading the race to become the next in the hotseat at the Midlands club. However, he’s not installed yet, no-one is and it is as if an impasse has been reached.

With things dragging on, this is what Sun reporter Alan Nixon has to say about proceedings:

Here Nixon couldn’t be any more dismissive in the language that he uses to sum up the who kit-and-caboodle that is rapidly becoming as sorry a saga as was Bruce’s sacking at the club.

Calling the situation “farcical”, Nixon points the finger at Henry acting with than the expected va-va-voom and withholding his decision on whether he’s  going to accept the job at Villa Park or not. All the while, his representatives are talking to French giants Monaco.

Bordering on farcical indeed.

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