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  • Bruce was sacked in October 2000.[109] He then became involved in a dispute with Rubery, who accused him of "wasting" £3m on players and having "an ego to feed".[110] Although he was linked with the manager's job at Queens Park Rangers,[111] Bruce remained out of the game until he was appointed manager of Wigan Athletic in April 2001.[112] The team reached the Second Division play-offs but lost in the semi-finals,[113] and Bruce almost immediately left the club, where he had been in charge for less than two months, to take over as manager of Crystal Palace.[114]

    Although his new club began the 2001–02 season strongly, topping the First Division table and looking well placed for regaining the Premier League place that the club had last held in the 1997–98 season,[115] Bruce tendered his resignation less than three months into the season in order to return to Birmingham City as manager. Although he was initially prevented from doing so by an injunction taken out by Crystal Palace, he was eventually allowed to join the Midlands-based club after a compensation package was agreed.[116][117] By now he had acquired a reputation as a manager who rarely held down a job for a significant length of time.[115]

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    • It's the same for most managers very few hold on for long, you have to understand, all clubs can not be winners, most have to be losers
      Small club, small minds, you have to stick with what you have, you can not wave a wond and be better, you know football is not like that, it's all long term

    • I think Mr Bruce is another Lawrie Mcmenemy

    • After last week debacle against ManC... Bruce is being exposed again a a big bluffer. Listening to the radio over the last few days looks like a lot of s'land supporters agree..

    • I watched clips of the match with interest and particularly the post match comments by SB.
      Fulham turned up far too cautious perhaps because of the midweek European game. Had they went for it they could have won 2 or 3 -0.
      As for Sunderland the players were walking about like match stick men in plaster casts. Cattermole couldn't be bothered to stick a foot out and get a ball near the byline - shows there's something missing. As usual Brucie's after match comments boiled down to the players being unable to turn it on in front of 40,000.etc...great in training.. we'll get there....

      I think this director Ellis has got his finger on the eject button.
      He comes from US where most people know nothing about UK soccer and he is presented with Roy Keane, Man United, International, Medal Winner etc.... They bankroll him for 70m. Ellis watches Keane and doesn't like what he sees for his return not only from the money point of view but as a person,, Keane goes and they escape relegation by the skin of their #$%$ (thanks to Ricky).

      Enter Steve Bruce- almost the same package and wrapping than RK except probably sold to Ellis as less volatile than Keane.. The club bankrolls Bruce as requested (30 m?) and they are hanging on again by the skin of their #$%$ a year later.
      And we hear that SB is going to knock on the door again and ask for another 30M to take the "next step."

      Anyone watching football fan or not will see that its #$%$ being produced and covered up with waffle. This guy won't put up with it and I think Bruce will be gone by the end of the season

    • Interesting post Mr Fox -- I have been observing SB for some time. I've never thought he had a particulary good record in management. What I think I am noticing now is that he is being exposed as poor manager/ motivator/tactitian.
      He has plenty of waffle and cliches/blarney - a bit like Strachan He's full of wind and #$%$- but its wearing thin.
      After the defeat at Arsenal he what he saw bodes well for the future???!!!
      Excuse me Mr Bruce but you haven't f*******g won since November.
      The team was clueless in all departments.

      As for Kenwyne Jones - I wonder what time his bus leaves - obvious he doesn't want to play anymore and looking as though he couldn't hit a bulls #$%$ with banjo.
      Never mind Liverpool - more like Leyton Orient

      Hope you manage to stay up but Thank you Sunderland for saving Newcastle Utd from this Geordie Messiah.