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The Bruce & 1982.....

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by swooperman, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. swooperman

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    How are we all? Been a while....

    He's gone then, The Bruce. Not really a shock in the end, as some of his decisions lately suggested that the siege mentality he felt had gone so far that it wasn't so much as wood from trees than real oak flooring to formica printed stuff.
    How the fuck did Glenn Whelan end up taking that penalty after 1 goal in 7 years :duh :lol
    I was still in his camp until recently, & I only ever left it due to the fans making it untenable. A couple of mates outside of Villa told me he's 'outdated & old hat'.....that made me wonder for the first time, but still he's been promoted more than most, if not anyone up to the Prem still managing.
    1 win in 9, only 2 this season, only 8 in the last 24. All true.
    Yet we were lower than than 13th at this stage last season & once the loan players gelled we made the play off final. Fulham were 18th at this stage ffs!!
    He inherited the financial situation & had to make a lot of loan signings, this season even later than the previous one as the 2 new owners came in later in the summer. He didn't moan when it looked like armageddon was near after the play off final defeat, no threats or tantrums. He just carried on.
    Villa appointed a Director of Football at a board meeting monday night that's not been in the press. Yes, the night before the Preston game. I don't know who, but he's apparently European.
    There was a rumour yesterday that John Terry was undergoing a medical. We need him badly as a centre half as Bruce lost the Kilmarnock kid he was after on deadline day having let Tommy Elphick go out on loan hours before (ammunition, true) but Terry hasn't got his badges. He must have fell out with Bruce as well, leaving the day after Wembley, but he didn't take his last 2 or 3 months pay either with the state we were in.
    We're obviously going the Wolves route, & Jorge Mendes was already involved. Abel Ferreira, the Braga boss? Olef Mellberg an outsider?
    If Bruce was treated like this then similar managers like Allardyce & Moyes are non-runners surely?
    They haven't been at the Blues mind you, & this is what it surely comes down to.
    Brucie's a pro, & he didn't deserve this after the last 2 years & the last 12 months in particular with his parents.
    You're better off out of it mate, as the cabbage thing is a fucking disgrace.
    Villa fans should hang their heads in shame having accelerated this. We need to be careful what we wish for, it's 2018, not 1982
  2. ONEDUNME

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    Hello mate good to see you around:thumb

    Every time you turn up I ask the same question, are you gonna be hanging around?

    But you never do. You treat this place like a hotel. You should be ashamed of yourself:lol

    Would it kill you to post every now and again already?:rant
  3. swooperman

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    I do post every now & again, but a bit more seldom than you'd expect :lol

    I really must try harder tbf

    Moyes nearly into evens :lookaround
  4. rcgills

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    FFS, I thought we agreed last time he posted we were going to ban him, did someone forget to press a button somewhere? :leaving

    Hello Swoop, good to see you :thumb
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  5. swooperman

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    And you, rc :thumb

    They did ban me, but the dopey fuckers didn't delete my privileges so it over-rode it :lol

    Only took me 18 months to work that out mind you, had to post as Steve-Uk for a while :lookaround
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  6. ONEDUNME

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    Yeah Winrew's got the banning stick at the moment. He'll be along soon no doubt
  7. rcgills

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    I knew it. No-one ever saw you in the same room together, did they?
  8. swooperman

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    Did that quite well I thought....
  9. Punter

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    Alright Swoops

    What you up to these days?

    Still writing? Playing cricket? Fucking about with tyres?
  10. slick

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    Good to see you again Swoops:thumb

    Moyes lol, hang fire for a couple of weeks and you can have Mourinho.
  11. slick

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    Tell the truth I actually came into this thread thinking it was the name of a new book:lol
  12. rcgills

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    Well he does go on a bit, doesn't he?
  13. slick

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    :lol
  14. Punter

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    :lol
  15. Colbro

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    Hi Swooper - nice to see you again

    So were you Steve - UK ... or was I ? :thinking

    Anyway - an interesting view of Steve you had there (Bruce not UK) ... Ultimately we have the most expensivelly assembled squad in Div 2 - but we only have one centre back. That is James Chester and as he was sent off against Preston we will play Milwall with no recognised centre back :duh. Who else can be blamed for this

    I think this clip sums up the Bruce time exactly

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06mwgdk

    How on earth did anyone get a cabbage into the ground anyway - last time I went I was searched outside :unsure
  16. ONEDUNME

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    Pleased to hear you weren’t searched inside as well Colbro, those latex gloves can be a bit painfull on a cold day.

    In the old Baseball ground days John Robertson was dribbling down the wing when someone in the crowd threw a pig’s head at him. lol
  17. swooperman

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    Punter :thumb Slick :thumb
    Must have been you, Colbro, I'd have lost my job the length of time it took to write Steve-Uk's post's :naughty

    It's a good point you make regarding centre-half's, & him playing Jedinak there is one of the big problem's he's had crowd wise. He clearly thought he'd got the Kilmarnock kid in with about 6 hours to go & so let Tommy Elphick leave for the 2nd time, & then Kilmarnock turned away as they had no time to get a replacement, as we should probably have done. In the age of FFP though I guess those wages had to go first, & he had to cope with the money only being made available at the 11th hour.
    I'll give you this back https://7500toholte.sbnation.com/2018/10/4/17936358/steve-bruce-the-man-behind-the-manager

    He had to go in the end, no question, it's how we got to there we should be hanging our heads
  18. swooperman

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    Also Axel TzFoley's a centre back :unsure
  19. rcgills

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    Not to mention a very high score in Scrabble.
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  20. Punter

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    Shame to hear about Deadly Doug today. 94, not a bad innings.

    Dean Smith a good appointment for the Villa? I liked him at Hereford. Solid defender, leader. Good luck to him.

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