Steve Bruce was back in the spotlight on Sunday, his Hull City team edging promotion after beating Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.
As often happens, the team that was by far the third best in the Championship failed in the play-offs, Chris Hughton and Brighton left to fact Newcastle United and 22 other clubs in another upcoming second tier campaign.
With only minimal encouragement, Steve Bruce once again spoke yesterday about how the elite English managers get such a rough deal, particularly him.
Asked if he was underappreciated in English football, Bruce said he would ‘let other people judge that’ BUT ‘it is a shame the big jobs ‘go to the foreign managers’ and that the likes of him are just unfairly classed as scrappers to get out of the Championship.
Well in that case maybe Neil Warnock should be managing Manchester United due to three promotions from the Championship, Steve Bruce making it his fourth promotion to the top division yesterday.
It is great the way that the likes of Bruce, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce all feel so badly done by, as though they have a genius that is amazingly overlooked.
Rather than just having a knack of scraping 17th place in the Premier League and/or scraping promotion with one of the best funded clubs.
Ranieri is one of those lucky foreigners obviously, just having to do a steering job on Leicester as they glided to an obvious promotion?
Or what about Pochettino who came so close this season with Tottenham, so it was only because he was foreign that he ended up at White Hart Lane, not the remarkable job he did at Southampton?
Steve Bruce once again claims that he reckons he has always left clubs in a better state than when he arrived…
He took over Sunderland in May 2009 after they finished 16th and then was sacked in November 2011 when they were…16th, this after spending some £79m in just over two years.
Amongst his signings were £10m on Michael Turner and £12m on Asamoah Gyan.
That is the kind of transfer business that has left Sunderland in a massive financial mess, so at least we have something to credit Steve Bruce with!
In his entire managerial career, Bruce has only managed two top ten Premier League finishes and one of those was when he scraped 10th in 2010/11 at Sunderland.
At Hull, it seems to have escaped everybody’s (especially Steve Bruce’s) attention that it was actually Bruce who managed to get Hull City relegated in 2014/15, this was despite a substantial £60m transfer spend in two years, far more than many of the clubs who didn’t get relegated.
The fat fool is truly deluded and it was summed up when he actually blamed being a Newcastle fan as the reason for his sacking at Sunderland, this after spending his entire time on Wearside doing his best to wind Newcastle supporters up.
Speaking to the Guardian, Steve Bruce asked if he is underappreciated?
“I am going to let other people judge that…
“Everywhere I have been, I would like to think I left them in a better position than when I took over.
“We always dream of a big job but you are just classed as ‘he’s OK, he can get a team out of the Championship and have them scrap away in the Premier League’.
“For all the British ones doing their coaching badges or whatever, I am pleased one of us is back in the Premier League.
“We all have a go but it is a shame the big jobs go to the foreign managers.”