They say that breaking up is never easy and so it continues to prove for Steve Bruce and David Sullivan. Never mind that the former left St Andrews months ago for pastures new, or that Birmingham have acquired a manager in Alex McLeish who is ensuring they remain safe from the drop (probably). The Daily Mail reports that the Brum co-owner is more than a little perturbed by Bruce’s continuing grievances against his former club, whom he had to pay £100,000 back in a dispute over image rights.
‘But I cannot get my head around why he sees fit to continually attack us. The bottom line is we paid him a £400,000 image rights’ payment in advance. That was part of his contract. The agreement is quite clear. If he left within the year it was to be repaid pro-rata.
‘He left after three months. We wanted £300,000 back. Is that greedy? We ended up settling for £100,000, paid over three years and swallowing a £200,000 liability. Now he turns on the board, and me in particular. He thinks letting him off with the £200,000 that he owed the club is greed.
‘He should tell that to supporters earning £15,000 a year trying to find the money to watch games. We have had more £15 entrance fees for adults than any other Premier League club this season. Are those the actions of greedy people?’
Does Sullivan have a point or are both parties as bad as each other? Bruce was regularly accused of being a mercenary in the early stages of his managerial career, chopping and changing clubs regularly, including an initial stint at Wigan! However, it seems that neither Birmingham nor the ex-Manchester United defender is coming out of this squabble in a hurry.