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Sunderland Secure Bruce Appointment: Does The Word Loyalty Mean Nothing to Former Wigan Boss?

Steve Bruce gets ready to tell the missus they have to move home…again!

Sunderland moved a step closer to appointing Steve Bruce as their new manager after agreeing a compensation fee with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.
Bruce, 48, was given permission by Whelan to speak to the Black Cats about their vacant managerial post last week.
Whelan wanted the £3m back he paid Birmingham to release Bruce from his St Andrew’s contract in 2007. (BBC Sport)

Now Steve Bruce strikes me as a fairly likable guy when he is interviewed on the TV, he seems to speak his mind and more often than not seems to speak sense (which is more than can be said for most managers these days) but clearly he doesn’t appear to have an ounce of loyalty in his bruised and battered bones!

He has done the dirty on Wigan before of course, if only for two months, when he decided that Crystal Palace was the place for him to set up a managerial home, but he didn’t stick around for long and left a few months later (much to the chagrin of Eagles Chairman and general ponce Simon Jordan) for a move to Birmingham City. At St Andrews he at least stuck around, probably due to lack of other offers, but did finally leave (much to the chagrin of David Gold, do you see a pattern developing here).

Now the former Norwich and Man United defender with more broken noses than league appearances wants to join Sunderland and the deal is almost done and dusted and perhaps its the opportune time to remember that Steve Bruce is die hard Newcastle fan!

It’s interesting that when most people talk about the problem with loyalty in football they are referring to the modern day player but this is a case of an old style pro displaying an alarming lack of allegiance to a succession of employers and most importantly showing a complete lack of respect to the fans of said clubs.

Good luck Black Cats fans you’re going to need it because the moment St James’ Park needs another manager (perhaps even in the next few days if Alan Shearer doesn’t fancy the challenge) expect Mr. Bruce to be sending his well worn CV in their direction!

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