Aston Villa head coach Steve Bruce has told BBC Sport that they wouldn’t get any better if he was sacked following fans calling for him to be sacked.

This is Aston Villa’s second season on the Sky Bet Championship and after a very disappointing campaign last time out, many hoped that with Bruce in charge that they would be able to get promoted back to the Premier League this season. However they are yet to show they are capable of that as they are currently 18th in the league with a disappointing seven points.

This has led to some fans to call for Bruce to be sacked and for a new manager who could get them to challenge at the top of the table to come in as a replacement. But the former Hull City man has responded to the fans, claiming that if they got their wish and he was sacked, the club wouldn’t be able to hire anyone who could do any better.

He said: “I’ve heard I’m a dinosaur. But I’ve been promoted twice in the five years,”

“If I go, who are they going to get who’s any better?”

“Is that the fix? Off with my head, then someone else comes in and changes everything again?”

“This team came in either last Christmas or this summer and people are judging them on six months. That’s not long enough.”

“If it’s the last-chance saloon, then so be it,”

“If that’s what they want. But who’s creating that? Social media and radio phone-ins.”

“The vast majority of Villa fans here for the Middlesbrough game the other night, and there were 29,000 of them, were still right behind myself and the players.”

“They can see that progress is being made after a difficult few years for the club.”

“I’ve been in it long enough to know realistically what happens if you don’t get results, but things are bubbling along under the surface. I totally believe we will be there and thereabouts.”

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