Aston Villa fans will tell you one thing, money doesn’t get you out of this league easily. You need good recruitment and you need a coach who gets the blend right. Bruce has a good track record but it hasn’t really happened at Villa, and now it looks like it could be the end of the line.

When the media starts with this sort of thing it normally means it’s inevitable that the situation is about to escalate. These sorts of stories aren’t normally just “paper talk”. The media know so much these days that nothing is a secret in football, this story doesn’t seem like going away and it probably makes sense given the new investment coming into Villa.

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Thierry Henry seems set to become the new head-coach but first Villa have to relieve Steve Bruce of his duties at the club. As Alan Nixon has said this deal isn’t done yet and although it’s coming across strong from the media nobody can say for certain that this will be done.

It was always going to be a struggle for Bruce after spending so much money and failing to deliver. In terms of players coming into a club, wages and fees the names arriving it had to be promotion, they really had to be going up in the top two aswell but Bruce couldn’t make it work and despite scraping through to the play-off final it wasn’t enough as a superior footballing side in Fulham bested them on the day, leaving the club in financial trouble and looking for a way out.

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The new ownership situation is a huge boost to the football club, the fans but probably not Steve Bruce. There are some who would keep the ex-Hull City and Sunderland boss on for stability but the mouth-watering prospect of Thierry Henry would be a coup for the club despite not having much coaching experience. The Arsenal legend has recently been on the coaching staff with Belgium at the World Cup under Roberto Martinez and it looks like that was a warm up for a new role, possibly Aston Villa Football Club.