Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has claimed he is ‘determined to see it through’ after many supporters called for his dismissal during the club’s clash with Blackburn Rovers, as reported by The Express & Star.

Villa salvaged a point at Ewood Park thanks to a late strike from Conor Hourihane but Bruce has come under-fire following a series of underwhelming performances.

His side sit 12th in the league table ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Rotherham United but have won just two of their opening seven games.

The former Hull City boss, however, has expressed his desire to continue battling as the Villains look to improve upon their recent form:

“I’m trying and I’m determined to see it through.

“You know what I’m like. I’m a resilient old t***. At these particular moments, that is what you need to be.

“They are all excuses and I understand that but it’s been a tough job. When you are manager of Aston Villa and you are trying to build a squad in three weeks, four weeks it’s not going to happen.

“We missed out on a left back, two centre-backs. I could have brought someone in for the sake of it but I had to be patient myself. I know what I’ve got here and what we’ve put together and we will be there or thereabouts given time.

“If you’re manager of Aston Villa you come under the pump. The disappointing thing for me is that I’m always a week away from a crisis. For the sake of the club that has to change but I’m big enough to understand it.

“We’re starting again and the vast majority (of fans) will understand that. The ones who want me to leave anyway, I can’t do anything about it.”

Despite suggesting that the club’s squad is incomplete, Bruce has been ruthless and recently ousted senior defender Ritchie De Laet, with 32-year-old forward Ross McCormack expected to follow him out of the exit door. 

Paul Warne’s Rotherham visit Villa Park tomorrow and just a point separates the sides ahead of what is a ‘must-win’ for Bruce’s men.


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