Steve Bruce Says He’s Forgiven Aston Villa Fans For Calling Him ‘Potato Head’

Steve Bruce Says He’s Forgiven Aston Villa Fans For Calling Him ‘Potato Head’

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has vowed to win over the club’s supporters – and says he’s forgiven fans who have been calling him ‘Potato Head’ for the last decade or so.

Bruce previously managed Villa’s arch rivals Birmingham City, leading them to promotion from The Championship, but left nine years ago and has managed several other clubs since.

A former Birmingham manager taking over at Villa Park could have been seen as a controversial appointment, but Bruce insists that any animosity is all in the past.

Speaking ahead of his first game in charge against Wolves on Saturday, Bruce said via the Mirror: “I have been used to being called ‘Potato Head’ from them for the last 20 years. But I always took it as a compliment.

“I always think if you are getting a bit of stick then, deep down, they respect you.

“I always thought that, because I get stick at Man City, Liverpool and Villa and West Brom. But the vast majority of Villa fans on social media have been positive.”

Villa and Birmingham meet on October 30 in what looks like being an absolutely cracking game.

We’re no experts on Midlands derbies, but if the Birmingham fans don’t chant ‘Potato Head’ at Bruce for 90 minutes, especially that close to Halloween, then they’re missing a trick.

What do you think about Bruce’s past? Should it make any difference to how Villa fans perceive him?

Let us know in the comments section below…



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