So Steve Bruce is the first Premier League manager to get the boot this season, against sportsbook guardian betting odds. The 50-year-old, who has been in charge at the Stadium of Light since June 2009, has been axed with the club sitting in 16th place in the Premier League – just two places above the drop zone. And Gambling guardian offers are already looking at the next in line at the Stadium of Light!
It is clearly a move to prevent the growing frustrations from the fans and the fact that the board will be fearing relegation.
I personally think that Steve Bruce could handle that job and would have been able to eventually turn things around! But it is difficult when the fans start to get on the manager’s back. And it makes the boards decision that little bit more easier, unless you are the Venkys of course!!
Unfortunately for Bruce though, his results have been poor this season and the teams performances have been lack luster! What is more, the board gave Bruce significant investment in the summer, and those players just aren’t coming up with the goods! The likes of Nicklas Bendtner, John O’Shea, Wes Brown, you would have thought they would have been in the European places! They are on paper great signings, but obviously something wasn’t quite right!
One of the biggest factors for Bruce was the fact that he lost 2 of his best strikers in the last 18 months! Of course Darren Bent went to Aston Villa and Asamoah Gyan went to join Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, and their goals just haven’t been replaced!
Had either of them stayed, it would have all been different, Bruce would still have been in a job and had they both stayed, things would probably be going very very well for the club!
It’s very sad for Steve Bruce, because I believe he could have gone further with Sunderland, but that’s just the fickle business that football management is!