Republic of Ireland international, Scott Hogan has accused former Aston Villa manager, Steve Bruce of making false promises in order to keep him at Villa Park for longer.
Bruce signed the 26-year-old from Brentford in January of last year for £12 million and while he featured heavily for Villa in the second half of last season, Hogan is yet to make an appearance this season.
A potential summer move to Sheffield United was on the cards but it was blocked by Aston Villa who informed the player he was very much part of their plans. However, his lack of game time is something that has greatly frustrated Hogan, along with Bruce’s preferred formation and his discussed it ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s Nations League games against Denmark and Wales.
“It led to less chances, less touches in the box. But I did what the manager asked me to do, he only ever asked me to work hard.”
“I wasn’t allowed to leave. He was adamant that he didn’t want me to go, he said I had a future playing as a striker and I was assured we were going to change the way we were playing. So it was disappointing for me two days later when he signed a striker and nothing changed at all.”
“People say you’ve got to be professional, train your best and all that, but it’s difficult because you know you’re not getting anything out of it. My head wasn’t completely in it if I’m honest, because you knew no matter what you did that week, you weren’t going to play, so there was nothing you could do except go home.”
After much speculation about a management job for Thierry Henry at the club, former Brentford manager Dean Smith was appointed last night. Former Villa and Chelsea player, John Terry was also named as his right-hand man.
Hogan is excited about the prospect of working with Terry having played alongside him last season.
“As a central defender he’s watched the game from the back all his life and he understands things, he understands patterns of play, where to be.”
“So if he can pass his knowledge on that would be brilliant, he knows the lads, he knows the ground, he knows the training ground, the staff. He knows what the fans expect and he has played at a big club all those years and won everything.”