Stramaccioni still keen on replacing Bruce at Aston Villa

Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni is still keen on replacing Steve Bruce at Villa Park after approaching the club in the summer, CalcioMercato reports.

What’s the word?

A struggling start to the season has seen promotion hopefuls Aston Villa fail to get going in their campaign so far, occupying 13th position in the table and already slipping five points behind the automatic promotion spots.

Steve Bruce’s side have kept just one clean sheet across all competitions so far this season and the game they secured that in, a 2-0 victory over Rotherham last week, is their only victory in their last eight matches.

Villa clash with a Bristol City side on Friday evening that is just ahead of them in the pecking order in what could be a crucial tie, as pressure is mounting upon Bruce with an increasing number of fans calling for his head.

With the axe seemingly ready to swing, CalcioMercato reports that Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni remains keen on taking charge at Villa Park after approaching the defeated play-off finalists during the summer.

The right fit?

Out of work since being axed by Czech outfit Slavia Prague in March, Stramaccioni’s career has seen him take charge of Inter, Udinese and Greek giants Panathinaikos, but his reputation has suffered a significant dip in recent years.

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Guiding Inter to a sixth-place finish in the 2012-13 Serie A table, Stramaccioni became an instant success at the San Siro by securing a victory over arch-rivals AC Milan that cost Inter’s crosstown rivals the league title.

He then led Inter to victory over Juventus the following season but was sacked after finishing ninth and failing to secure European football for the club for the first time in 15 seasons. Since then, his merry-go-round across the continent has seen him last just a year with three different clubs.

Therefore, it is difficult to argue that Stramaccioni is the right man to bring stability to the Villa squad, as someone like Remi Garde completely failed to previously, and the club will likely seek someone with more experience in English football if they do decide to axe Bruce.

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