Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has spoken out about the speculation regarding the managerial vacancy at Villa Park, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has emerged as the favourite to take over, but Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the role and has publicly praised McGinn in the past.
When asked about the rumours linking Rodgers to the vacancy, 23-year-old McGinn had this to say:
“That’s football, isn’t it? It’s ironic. We never know what’s going to happen.”
He was then asked if life would be simpler for him if Rodgers, a man previously effusive in his praise of the Scotland international, took over as boss:
“Aye — but I can’t affect that. I think Brendan came out the other day and said he’s happy at Celtic, he’s got a job to do.
“So it would be unfair for me to comment on that and fuel the rumours. What will be will be. If it is Brendan Rodgers or if it is somebody else, I’ll soon see.
“Hopefully, whoever comes in, I’ll be able to impress them. Whoever comes in, it doesn’t matter what name they are. If they’re not getting results, there will be pressure. When you go down and see the place, it’s an eye-opener. It’s a club that deserves to be in the top half of the top flight, a massive club. And that means it’s very demanding.
“Obviously, it’s exciting that the club is attracting big names but it comes with the territory. You’ve got to prepare and you’ve got to produce.
Henry, who is currently the Belgium national team’s assistant manager, is certainly one of the big names that McGinn referred to but the dynamic midfielder preferred to discuss the recently dismissed Bruce:
“When you are at a club that has demands, there is going to be turbulence at some point. It’s never easy when a manager leaves and, obviously, he (Bruce) is the manager who signed me.
“I’ve got a lot to thank him for and he was fantastic for me. But it’s football. It happens. It’s just never nice to see him and his staff lose their jobs.
“These days, you’ve got to prepare for it. It doesn’t matter what league, what country you go to, there will be chopping and changing. As a player, you’ve just got to try to focus on working hard, try to impress the new manager when he comes in. There have been a few interesting names linked with the job.
“But, at any club, there is always a managerial merry-go-round. Everyone thinks somebody else has got it. You’ve just got to wait and trust that the club are doing the right things.”
McGinn’s attention will now turn to international duty with Scotland as Villa’s next fixture is over ten days away. They will host Graham Potter’s Swansea City on Saturday 20th October.