Birflatt Boy pulls no punches in a unforgiving verdict on Steve Bruce. To some, it will appear excessively harsh and even unfair; tomorrow you will find a contrary argument here. Take your pick …
In today’s Sunderland Echo, it is reported that Steve Bruce confesses to being bewildered at the early-season pressure he finds himself and his players under, especially considering the club is in lower mid-table rather than in the relegation zone.
He is quoted as saying: “There’s a huge, big expectation here – an expectation that you would expect from a Champions’ League side.”
All this comes in the wake of sporadic shouts of “Bruce out” when Sunderland shipped two early goals against West Brom on Saturday. “I don’t know where it comes from – probably the size of the crowd and the passion of the place itself,” he said.
Well these comments just go to show how detached the Sunderland manager has become. Does he realise that had the current run (since January 1) begun last August that we would have been relegated.
He is out of order, so completely out of order that the majority of Sunderland fans who are the collective personification of patience and endurance will be offended by this latest outburst.
Bruce’s comments are as infuriating as his team’s performances. It’s not European qualification that concerns us. Midweek trips to Basle or Madrid are
not at the forefront of our minds. It’s the prospect of fixtures and Barnsley and Millwall that is driving us spare.
If “expecting” to win more than two home games in nine months, or to keep the occasional clean sheet, is unreasonable then yes, we are totally unreasonable! If expecting you to be able to adequately replace players who have been sold then yes we are totally unreasonable about that too.
Where our unreasonableness knows no bounds though Steve, is expecting to start cup ties with a forward on the field. We also have the outlandish and outrageous notion that we shouldn’t be going to places like Norwich and have a back four that doesn’t look like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
We are looking head on at a relegation battle. Let’s make no bones about that. At 3.10pm on Saturday you were a sacked man, who was dealt a “get out of jail” card, courtesy of a WBA team that was almost as bad as yours was. You were extremely lucky, but then you have the gall to blame the supporters for our current plight.
The only expectation that I haven’t mentioned is the one about the manager taking some responsibility for his own failings and those of his team. It has to be said that your post match comments and between-match statements fall far short of meeting that expectation.