Sunderland Sack Manager Steve Bruce After Dismal Run – The Right Decision?

Alan Duffy

30th, November 2011


By Alan Duffy

Steve Bruce will have more free time now to feed the pigeons

To be fair to Sunderland, the club had given Steve Bruce a decent amount of money to strengthen his squad over the years.  But despite that financial backing, the former Manchester United defender’s best showing with the Black Cats was a tenth-place finish last season.

Admittedly the loss of Asamoah Gyan to middle-eastern money and Connor Wickham to injury hasn’t helped, but a return of just 11 points from 13 games simply wasn’t good enough.

So Bruce becomes the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season. And who will take his place in the Sunderland hot-seat? Martin O’Neill is one of the names being mentioned, although the Irishman is linked to practically every managerial vacancy going, while Mark Hughes must also be a front-runner.

Whoever gets the job, they will need to work fast to stop the Black Cats slipping into the drop-zone.

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  1. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    I bet hughes will take the welsh job

    though if Joorbich-goddamnit i’ll just call him satan (he advises tevez, mascherano, zahavi and hughes FFS) is still advising him he’ll probs go there and quit when fergie steps down only to say when he gets turned down that “i needed time away from football”

  2. SlimJames says:

    Aaannnddd Bruce wins the sack race!

  3. Pkhakheria says:

    well there goes my idea for the club shop to sell moose plush toys with black cats shirts I was going to dub them “bruce the moose”

  4. Applesauce says:

    LOL @ the pigeon lady. Dead ringer for Brucie. It took me a good thirty seconds to think of the source. Home Alone 2, no?

  5. David Allison says:

    Lookalikey and festive – doubly (that word doesn’t look right when you type it!) brilliant…

  6. kct says:

    Well within their right to sack him. Considering how strong his squad is, he was probably the most underachieving manager in the league.

  7. David Allison says:

    @kct – See, I don’t think they have got a strong squad. An ageing defence (Bramble, Brown, O’Shea), a captain who can’t be trusted to stay on the pitch, an average-at-best midfield (Gardner, Richardson, Colback, Vaughan) and no proven strikers. The only real quality in the team is Sessegnon and Larsson. You glance at their squad-list and it looks like a team who could go down. Losing Bent and Gyan was tough on them, but they haven’t found replacements (the frustrating Bendtner and young Wickham aren’t satisfactory replacements).

  8. Mr. Sparkle says:

    Never realised Steve Bruce dabbled in acting…

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