Steve Bruce, who seems to be improving all the time as a manager and turned down (to his regret) the Newcastle manager job offered to him in September, 2004 after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked – is reported to be close to becoming the new manager of Sunderland.
Steve Bruce – good choice by Sunderland for manager
And reports that the new American owner at Sunderland, Ellis Short, will give him a transfer kitty of £50M – a fund the club hope to have Sunderland finish in the top 10 next season.
Bruce was last night holding his first round of talks with Sunderland’s impressive chairman Niall Quinn, and if they are concluded positively Bruce will take charge later this week.
The 48-year-old Geordie is ready to be accepted by the Sunderland fans as a poll of fans on the message board “Readytogo.net” had 60 per cent “happy” if he is appointed and only 15 per cent “underwhelmed”.
On his Newcastle links, Bruce once said:
“I have always been a Newcastle lad, and when I was a lad I crawled under the turnstiles to get in, trying to save a bob or whatever it was.”
“They were my team, I went to support them as a boy and being a Geordie it’s inbred, you follow the club still the same today.”
His family still live close to my sister-in-laws in High Heaton, Newcastle.
Steve Bruce will be taking over a squad that Chairmen Quinn believes needs toughening up, and Quinn said:
“The new boss must change the mentality in the dressing room, everything will rub off on that, so we need a strong character.”
Of course with Newcastle being relegated for being so pathetic this year, Sunderland are now Cock Of The North, as the only North East team left in the Premier League.
If nothing else this shoudl act as an incentive for Newcastle to get back as quickly as possible – but if owner Ashley doesn’t end his utter incompetence soon – he could still submarine our preparations for next season in the Championship, and we’ll end up doing a Leeds United.
Until this man is driven out of Toon – that’s a distinct possibility.
Wer think Steve Bruce will do just great at Sunderland – he’s a good manager and at least he’s got the right dialect. The thing with Steve is he’s very straight, doesn’t pull any punches and let’s the players know who’s boss.
He also proved at Wigan he has great motivational skills and it will be a great opportunity for him, and brings him back closer to his family – so he should be happy if he can get the job.
We hope to have a new manager with that same dialect – very shortly – managing the club.