Steve Bruce Reported Frustrated At Wigan Athletic

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.

31 comments so far

  • J

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    I was only thinking yesterday how Steve Bruce is such a GREAT manager.

    Not only at spotting talent early.

    e.g. Valencia and Palacious

    But also can do ALOT with not much money, which is our problem.

    Would love him to come.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    This kind of idea isnt gonna happen for a while, unless the current regime start bucking up their little mistakes (which have big consequences) or we get new ownership then no manager is gonna touch us with a barge pole.
    Hopefully if those two loan signings look good on tuesday, we could potentially have 3 players by the end of that day, which would change things a lot in 24 hours. I think also the biggest signing could be mbia if we pull it off, and kinnear sounds as though he’s desperate to get him so here’s to hoping (again)

  • Joey Barton 666

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    we want steve bruce. you have done your time mr kinnear, thank you for steadying the sinking ship, were on a decline again though.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d take Bruce now!!!

    He would also walk up here in bare feet for the job, which is what we need.

    But if he thinks it’ll be any different up here it won’t. We sell our best players once we have an offer for a profit!

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5


  • Stuart79

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Kinnear has lost the plot.

    He’s quoted as saying that this whole situation isn’t his fault. He’s right about thaof course.

    But he goes on to say that the squad is so think, why didn’t the previous manager address it or the one before that!

    We’ve got news for you Joe, KK tried like hell to do something about it but he found a wall made of Wise,Vetere,Ashley, Jiminez and Derek Trotter!!!

    To blame KK is a disgrace!

  • stevep

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    This just aint going to happen, you may as well say Kaka isn’t happy about being foerced to goto man city so therefore will play for the toon for nowt.

  • Mikeflame

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    to be honest i dont think we sell our best players like other clubs! one advantage we have is providing big pay packets! weve kept owen, given, martins, zoggy, beye for a while now and i know theyd all walk into most premier teams! id take Bruce in a heartbeat but its going to take JfK walking out to spur it on! plus i think he could get Shearer in on the act with the whole Geordie routine! we’l see but i dont wanna get my hopes up

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    bring him in!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Would love Bruce but another manager would completely upset evrything and as long as Ashley’s here Kinnear’s our only manger

  • AussieToon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Would love Steve Bruce at the club now, he would be much better than Joe Kinnear who has lost the plot, but unfortunately this wont occur.

    Steve Bruce is a special at saving teams from relegation after Wigan last year and his eye for a bargain would be what Mike Ashley would love.

    He would be the perfect fit at the moment.

    Wish I was a billionaire and by the club off Fat Ashley…..

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    ha ha ha, you gotta be joking ed, steve bruce is frustrated at looing all his star players. well, yes i could see why he would jump from euro chasing wigan to championship newcastle, ocs we ofr sure make sure we hang onto our good players eh, oh and the investment thrown at this squad is massive at newcastle to eh. load of crap this article. it would be like ten times worse at our club under fat turd cashley.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    I think he would command more respect from the players and the owner…and the fans.

  • Nick D

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Bruce has had one good season (it’s not over yet) and he didn’t discover Valencia (that was jewell) and palacios was a hand me down from Wenger who couldn’t fit in him in at arsenal.

    We don’t need Bruce just because he is a geordie. there’s way better out there. Wanting Bruce shows how far we’ve fallen.

    Van Gall, Advocaat, Ranieri, Houllier, Jol, Deschamps , Martinez et al, before Bruce please.

  • Scotty

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    sorry to say this lads but ‘joke in here’ has out stayed his welcome. his honeymoon period is well and truly over now.

    correct me if i’m wrong but souness, fat sam, roeder all had a spell of 10 good games or so then struggled to the rest of the season – this will not get better and if he stays beyond this season, we will definately go down.

    i’d take bruce like a shot – and i have always rated him – not like some other fickle people on here!

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    One thing is for sure, if Kinnear stays till the end of the season we wont’t only go down we will finish bottom. When he took over i had a bet on us finishing bottom and got odds of 40/1. The current average odds are 18/1 and falling. It would be great if we got Bruce or anyone else, but in the cold light of day NUFC is now renowned for being a graveyard for coaches and players alike. That view is also echoed by a friend of mine who is one of the brightest young coaches in England.

  • spiderpig

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    he’s even made bramble look half decent.the bloke must be a legend.just what we need.just a note on yesterdays game,i only watched the first half and we were all over em.they never had a kick,if we had been 3 up at half time ,blackburn would have been have capitulated like that in the second half spells big danger.the players are psychologically weak now.if owen misses a few chances we are beat.thank god barton and guthrie can play together now.if we get martins back we will be allright.

  • square

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    no manager in their right mind would take this job at the moment. at the end of the season maybe but no manager with brains would work for mike ashley.

  • valle

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Bruce would be great, and i think he would take it if offered… However, i dont think it will be offered. JFK stays, gotta live with it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Bruce is doing really well at Wigan. Their form is something we can only dream of!

  • Doocey

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Agreed, why would he leave Wigan? After beating us and seeing how many injuries we have he’l not be interested and I wouldn’t be either, not just yet.

    Kinnear is our manager till the end of the season at least and get the f**k behind him ffs.

  • NE1

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m personally at the end of my tether with regards Newcastle.
    The club is rotton to the core and, as is, I can only see abject failure after abject failure to come.
    While Ashley, Wise, Llambias and Kinnear are at the club my passion and care is virtually non existant.
    3-0 to a side as poor as Blackburn is no longer a shock result.

    Big changes need making. And Ed – don’t think for one second this man Kinnear is anything but Ashleys mouthpiece. If fans want to voice their opinion and get him out – so be it.

    Kinnear – Out.
    And take the rest with you – you’re a joke and you talk rubbish daily.

  • alextoon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Let’s just say though, considering one of his players has put two of our key players on long-term sick….who knows if Wigan would still be where they are.

    Personaly I think had Beye and Barton not been injured we would have had a few more points in the bag ourselves.

  • alextoon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    If people start getting on Kinnear’s case they need to wake up! He took the job when nobody else would touch it and he can’t even select 11 fit players.

    Leave him alone, some fans think the answer is to just hound people out without thinking of the long-term consequences.

    How is any of this Kinnears fault?

    And I bet the same people that hounded Freddie out are the same ones hounding Ashley out….and every manager since the first time KK took over.

    Easy to blame everyone else but continuity will never happen at SJP until patience is understood by everyone.

    I’m not saying Kinnear is or isn’t the right man….how can we know? This is no time to judge the bloke.

    But it doesn’t matter a hoot what I say, Kinnear will get hounded out along with Ashley and Co. And Toon will be in the Championship with Nigel Winterburn as manager….

  • lacedaemonian

    Jan 18, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Wigan are a better club than Newcastle.

  • Toon_Ksk (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!)

    Jan 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Candidates for the next managerial role. After JK, whenever it is.

    1. Otto Rehhagel
    2. Bernhard Schuster
    3. Steve Bruce
    4. Temuri Ketsbaia
    5. Alan Shearer (do not want)

    We need some German team organisation, making us tactically stronger and that will enable the team to play more efficiently, but not like Big Sam.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Just what we need, another change of manager….

    Really we need a change of owner, shame we cannot sack Ashley!

    Season tickets sales will drop drastically for next season and that’s not good for the future of our club.

  • Shiftay

    Jan 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #28

    “I was only thinking yesterday how Steve Bruce is such a GREAT manager.

    Not only at spotting talent early.

    e.g. Valencia and Palacious

    But also can do ALOT with not much money, which is our problem.

    Would love him to come.”

    now thats just plain wrong mate

    valencia was already at the club.

    palacios was bought because wenger told him to.

    granted, he probably had something to do with how good they are now…but he in no way shape or form found the players 😛

  • chuck

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29

    What the f**k is it with you guys, you want a new manager every week ?, guess Bruce is flavor of the week right now.
    So Joe takes the job that no one wanted, steadied the ship as much as possible with what he had and now its, take a hike Joe, dont need you anymore,
    cause you are tactically inept, got a big mouth,
    Ashleys poodle, etc etc.
    You the self proclaimed best fans in the country
    should listen to yourselves sometime.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #30


  • Jackie

    Jan 19, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Chuck – 29

    I agree with everything you said apart from the second last line. That undermines your other points by showing you know f**k all about Newcastle fans.


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