Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce insists he’s the right man for the job despite his side’s awful start to the Championship season.
Villa have picked up just one point from their opening three games, and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Reading left them 23rd in the table.
Bruce said: “I am the right man for the job, my record in the Championship tells me that.
“I’m under no illusion, we’re judged by results. Hopefully I’m given the time to do that and turn it round.
“Give me until the end of the window. We’ve had an awful start, that’s all it is. I’m not going to beat myself up about it because there’s still a long, long way to go.”
Bruce, who has won promotion to the top flight four times in his managerial career, has spent heavily since joining Villa with the likes of John Terry, Glenn Whelan and Chris Samba brought in at huge expense to the club.
Whelan’s own goal and a Mo Barrow strike handed Reading the victory and the result was met with an angry response by Villa’s massive travelling support.
Many fans have expressed their unhappiness on Twitter. Sportslens looks at the reaction to Tuesday’s result.
AMC's #AVFC blueprint.
1) Sack Bruce
2) Hire Jokanovic
3) Sign Oliver Burke
— A.M.C (@Conway1Alex) August 16, 2017
— rick (@RichardGill_) August 16, 2017
— Alex Berwick (@Alex_Berwick) August 16, 2017
#AVFC have reached an unfathomable new low. Dire & negative, Bruce has sucked the soul and any excitement from a talented group. Has to go.
— George Smyly (@gsmyly) August 16, 2017
#AVFC still lost for words I just can't believe nothing has changed I thought when Bruce gets the pre season done we would be good to go ???
— brian mc carthy (@bmannn10) August 16, 2017
— Jack Pick (@JackPickkk) August 16, 2017
Strange how out of recent managers RDM probably played best football and coincidentally never played Gabby #avfc
— GTHEB (@BruceRioch4) August 16, 2017
— Gareth Marsh (@GMarsh79) August 16, 2017