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Ex-Aston Villa star: ‘This is what Villans must do in order to seal Premier League return



Dion Dublin, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, has had his take on Aston Villa’s season so far and has delivered his verdict on where he thinks they will finish this season in the Championship.

The men from Villa Park have had a pretty good campaign so far with them about where they wanted to be at this time in the season.

Of course, they’d like to be top of the tree but if you offered them a play-off spot come the end of the campaign now they would probably take it.

Things are looking pretty good at the moment for the club, then, and their former forward Dublin thinks that in Steve Bruce they have the perfect manager in charge to get them into the top flight, as long as the players listen to him.

Here’s the extract on that particular subject:

Where do you think Villa will finish this season? And what do they need to do to secure Premier League status again?

“With Steve Bruce at the helm they have got every chance of being successful. A great manager, great person, and he was a great centre-half as well.

“I believe that Steve Bruce is the right man to take Villa forward and I believe he has the backing of the board. If the players do exactly what Brucey says they will be successful.

“The players must realise that if they do their job then that’s all the Villa fans demand. They care. I go back to Villa Park now and they look after me incredibly well.”

Clearly, then, Dublin is a big fan of Bruce and Villa fans should be warming to him at the moment. Some, of course, are still a bit indifferent towards him because of his Blues connections but if he can get Villa promoted that might just be forgotten.

Read the full 888sport interview with Dublin, including his thoughts on how the current Villa side compare to his generation.