The People is reporting today that Wigan manager Steve Bruce is frustrated at seeing his star men leaving the small Lancashire club, after being targeted by the bigger clubs of European football.
Steve Bruce – has he taken Wigan as far as he can?
Steve is obviously disappointed with the struggle he seems to be having to attract new players to Wigan Athletic and fears he has taken the club as far as he can, having saved them from relegation last season.
In fact he’s done one terrific job at the club over the last 12 months, but now some of his top stars like Emile Heskey and Wilson Palacios will be leaving the club, either in January or in the summer.
Of course Geordie Steve Bruce was offered the job when Bobby Robson was fired in August of 2004, but at that time he didn’t want to break his contract at Birmingham, but has regretted it ever since.
Joe Kinnear says he’s been offered a lucrative new deal at the club, but Newcastle fans aren’t exactly convinced he’s the man for the job longer term, and it seems bad timing by Mike Ashley, but he probably wants to settle the club down before the summer in the hopes that Michael Owen and Shay Given, and others, may stay at the club.
Kinnear was barracked by fans yesterday during the 3-0 total capitulation at Blackburn, and the People says he may turn that down, but we don’t believe that for one minute.
Whether or not his wife comes with him to Newcastle, will not stop Joe from accepting the job, and he will simply commute to London, when he can, but managing in the Premier League is hardly a long term job at any club these days.
Wigan are set to lose star man Wilson Palacios to either Manchester City or Spurs for £14million, and Antonio Valencia is wanted by Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Bruce is unable to stop the pair leaving in the January window and knows others will follow in the summer, so it’s hard for him to keep building a decent team if his best players continue to leave.
Emile Heskey is out of contract in July, allowing him a free transfer, and Amr Zaki is unlikely to sign a permanent deal, after his one year loan deal is up in the summer.
Certainly if Newcastle are looking for a new manager, which we don’t think they are right now, then Steve Bruce would be a strong candidate, and maybe he could get Alan Shearer in to be his assistant manager at the club, and then Alan could learn the ropes.
What do you think? Comments welcome.