Sunderland Sack Steve Bruce – Martin O’Neill Targeted

It wasn’t really surprising when it was announced  that Steve Bruce has been sacked by Sunderland.

Steve Bruce with Alan Pardew

After watching the Sunderland game over the weekend against Wigan, Sunderland found a way to lose in the last minute of added time, through comical mistakes made by their defense. They should have won that game.

And that handed bottom of the league side Wigan Athletic their first win in ten matches, having lose eight and drawn one of their previous nine leage games.

Sunderland are currently 5th bottom of the league with 11 points from 13 games, 15 points behind Newcastle, who are in 4th place.

Speaking about the announcement, chairman Ellis Short said this:

“This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.”  “It is my job as chairman to act in the best interests of our football club at all times and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that I have taken lightly.”

“Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change.”  “Steve has acted with honesty and integrity throughout, which is testament to the character and commitment he has shown during his time at Sunderland.”

“I would like to personally place on record my thanks to him for his significant contribution to our football club over the past two and a half years and everyone here at Sunderland naturally wishes him the very best for the future.”

“I would also like to thank our fans, who have endured a trying start to the season. Their support continues to be the driving force behind our club and is vital as we now look to the future.”

It didn’t help Steve’s case that Newcastle have been doing so well this season, and that the Magpies beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light in August, and are flying high in the league.

The fact that Sunderland spent £20M on players over the summer couldn’t have helped Steve’s case  either.

But that doesn’t stop  Bruce from being a class act, and maybe a break from the game will allow him to recharge those batteries of his.

Martin O’Neill is the hot favorite to take over the club in the next couple of days, with Mark Hughes second favorite.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #1


  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    now there’s a surprise 🙂

  • sammydolan

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Agent Bruce, return to base. Your mission is now over. Congratulations.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    U mean special agent Bruce Ed 😛
    In all fairness tho, Steve has always been a decently rated manager, he’s increased Sunderlands league standing these past two years.
    All teams hit rough patches, look at Arsenal this season too…
    In all honesty i think they should’ve stuck by him until christmas, but when the fans voice gets too loud, it’s very hard to ignore it.

  • messi_is_king

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #5

    maybe ppl shudnt hav wished for such bad times for stevie bruce. i wanted him to struggle with sunderland, but not get sacked!

    they might get a good manager who takes them forward now ;-(

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Sparky has got something to prove, O’Neill has already done it all.
    Not sure if the unwashed deserve another ex Manure type.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #7

    David O’Leary to be appointed by the end of the week on a contract til the end of the season then view to an extra 2 years.. Watch this space ha

  • davybtoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #8

    gt89 u kno something or is it wishful thinking, i think oneil will get it

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I think people talking about O’Neil and Hughes are overestimating the lure of Sunderland!

    Bruce has already spent all their money! Can’t see them throwing around £40m again to be honest!

  • davybtoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #10

    tds – its gonna b a long road for ever gets it lol, there squad is so bad there gonna b alot of changes needed

  • messi_is_king

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #11

    oniel wil prob get better results than bruce.

    but i wudnt want him at newcastle no way even b4 this season. kick and rush style of play. wastes money. no scouting knowledge outside of uk

  • davybtoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #12

    i wouldnt mind if they get oneil i dont rate him like u say @11 i wouldnt want him here

    is someone who comes in gonna want brown, oshea, richardson, cattermole, bardsley i dont think so n theyve got no strikers n sess wants away n theyve no wingers or creative players tough tough job haha am so happy

  • davybtoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #13

    agent bruce u really did do a great job when i look at it

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Messi is king

    Agree O’Neill limited tactically.
    Only succeeded at Celtic because Scot Prem is Championship level

  • easyhomewin

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #15

    What you on about????
    Sunderland didnt spend a net of £20 million, it was 1million. They got 24 million for Henderson & Gyan alone.

  • Gascoigne - Legend

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Kinnear for the Mackems!!

  • Spike

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Peter Reid – Monkeys Heed is available

  • nden85

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #18

    O’Neill is a great manager, his record speaks for itself.

  • hdavid23

    Dec 1, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #19

    ur right, joe f…in kinnear’d be great for them:D

  • Durham_Toon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Hate O’Neil with a passion so it would fit if they got him in. To be honest whoever they get isn’t exactly blessed with a good squad so they will still struggle!

  • Steve_48

    Dec 1, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Personally I think Bruce was a great secret agent, mission accomplished 😉

  • markmac

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Only problem now is that there are two very good managers available to scum….

  • Visten

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    O’Neil to Blunderland ha ha can’t stop laughing this morning at that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Funny how bruce always said in interviews he wouldn’t be making excuses, then promptly used to go on about injuries etc etc

  • Graeme

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #25

    They might have waited until we shafted them in March at SJP and then sack him – would be much more fitting a Very Special Agent lol

    I cant see O’neil taking the job, he wont be given his usual mega buck transfer kitty. Sparky Hughs would be a good shout – but would he really lower himself that far to take it??

    Maybe Joe “F’Kinnell” Kinear might be up for it!! Could be a perfect match lol

  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve heard that Santa is on the short list – he is used to wearing red & white, is fat & grey like most mackem managers, experienced at managing fairies & goblins and is experienced with working for only short periods of the year before getting the sack! 🙂


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