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.