The international break has come at a good time for Aston Villa as they begin their hunt for yet another manager at Villa Park.
Roberto Di Matteo was relieved of his duties at the start of the month after just 124 days at the club.
Even though, he has only picked up one win along the way, I feel that Dr Tony Xia acted too soon with his dismissal of the Italian manager.
No, results have not been going their way, but his vision for the club has been by far the best the club have had over the past 8-10 years.
The coaching staff and the Italian have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad over the summer.
After watching them against Newcastle United, there is certainly evidence that suggests that the team will start converting draws into wins and climb the table in the near future.
The side that they possess now, with the likes of Ross McCormack, Mile Jedinak, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester who are all new acquisitions to the team, have the capability’s to be a mid-table Premier League side.
Confidence was the only thing that Di Matteo needed to inject into the players. I think people have forgotten the fact that the Italian recently won the Champions League with Chelsea and did pretty well with West Bromwich Albion and Schalke, so his record speaks for itself.
However, since the Italian has been booted out of the Villa Park exit doors, they have been linked with several names, and from what I have heard, I am not convinced with any of them.
The likes of Lee Johnson of Bristol City, who look a different side under the former Barnsley manager, has already signalled that he is 100% committed to the Robins.
Also former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has emerged as a left-field replacement for Roberto Di Matteo at Aston Villa.
The 52-year-old is out of work having left the Robins last season and Sky Sports News reported that his CV impressed the Villa board who have already interviewed him for the job. Yet again, I am not convinced and he will not excite the supporters.
Huddersfield boss, David Wagner has also been thrown in as a surprise name and he made a name for himself as a highly-regarded coach alongside Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. Huddersfield are flying at the moment under Wagner, and I can not see him leaving for a side that will need a lot of work to climb up the table.
There are even outrageous accusations that Tim Sherwood could return to Villa Park after being sacked at the start of last season.
I think if that happens, there is no hope for the club in what would be a desperate managerial scoop. A manager can not return back to an old club, if he has failed. It would be criminal and it would heap more embarrassment onto the club.
Rumours are also circling that former Bluenose manager Steve Bruce is among the favourites for the job, which would not go down well with the Villa crowd.
Even though, he is highly-rated as a manager and has a good Championship record, it would be a highly controversial decision that could cause a rift with people pleaser Dr Tony Xia.
Think back when Alex McLeish was appointed as the Villa boss, there was absolute chaos with protests outside the ground and that could easily happen again among an already disgruntled support group.
Sean Dyche, who has been linked with Aston Villa before has also been thrown into the hat. I am a big fan of Dyche, he has a ‘can-do’ attitude and always gets the best out of his players at Burnley. But once again, why would you leave a Premier League side for the Championship? It could happen, as so many Premier League players have fallen down to the Championship, including many to Aston Villa this summer.
The club needs to really take its time over the 10 days or so, and think about the long and short terms for the club. Ultimately, long-term they want to be a great reputable club again similar to the days of Martin O’Neil where sides feared coming to Villa Park and chased Champions League football. In the short-term, obviously someone who is going to put some confidence into the players and get them climbing the league.
I think from my opinion, even though it will be extremely risky, they will end up going for Steve Bruce. Even though he is an ex-bluenose, he does fit the bill for the side and will bring experience to a relatively young squad. I think any manager deserves the chance to impress whatever their background, but if he does get appointed and they continue their poor form, the fans will rapidly get on his back. Bruce will thrive the challenge at Villa Park, but he would be a brave man to take the job.