Decisive defending – Issue 4 (November 2010)
Steve Bruce is one of a rare breed to have advanced a tremendous playing career by moving successfully into football management.
Joining Sunderland in June 2009 – his sixth time in a hotseat – arguably offered the Northumberland born 49-year-old his biggest challenge yet, having already overseen promotions at Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic.
And the Barclays Premier League side are tipped to do well this term, having already taken points off four of last year’s top six. Bruce’s first managerial post was at Sheffield United in 1998, before he progressed his knowledge at Wigan, Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace.
It is for his time at Birmingham that he is probably most respected, with two promotions and three mid-table Premier League finishes.
As a player, Bruce was a pivotal force at the heart of the Manchester United defence during the club’s rise back to fame in the early 1990s. He won seven major trophies at Old Trafford, including the Double.
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