Good friend and mouthpiece of Steve Bruce, Luke Edwards has reported in the Telegraph that Steve Bruce is not going to be sacked by Mike Ashley and that Bruce is not going to walk away from the job either.
According to Edwards “Sources close to the former Manchester United captain have strenuously denied he is only staying because he is waiting for the payoff that will come if he is sacked.”
In all honesty, I think that these ‘sources’ (Alex Bruce perhaps?) are telling porkies. Would a pro-Bruce source and journalist really report that Steve Bruce is determinedly sitting around waiting for his payoff? Of course not.
I’m not privy to the ins and outs of Bruce’s contract details, obviously, but it wouldn’t be too farfetched to believe that if there was a reasonable enough belief to think he was deliberately trying to get sacked for a payoff, then he would no longer be allowed access to that money. Giving £4 million pounds to an awful manager to go away is ridiculous but it would be beyond belief that he could genuinely walk into a job with a contract, announce that he has no intentions of doing the job and then walk away with lots of money.
Now for the most laughable bit, as Edwards also reports that “Bruce has thought long and hard about his position since the Brighton defeat but is adamant he will not walk away from the fight and does not feel there is anyone who can replace him who would do a better job in the current circumstances.”
This is absolute drivel. I don’t believe for a second that Bruce has considered resigning from his post because he will lose out on all that money he wants (wants, not needs).
The idea that no-one could do a better job than him is absolutely ridiculous as well. You produce two wins in twenty matches and you think no-one else could produce better? I’d put good money on my cat producing better results than that.
This sort of ridiculous, self-aggrandising talk isn’t new for Steve Bruce. He came up with the same stuff when at Aston Villa too. Funnily enough, he pushed the “who are they going to get who’s any better?” malarky in the same interview that he blamed “social media and radio phone-ins” for the discontent amongst Villa fans, which sounds mightily familiar to me!
Of course, we all know how Villa have fared after Bruce’s departure and though that sort of progression is probably impossible under Ashley, it has been roundly proven that there is a better life beyond Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce is after a pay out and Mike Ashley doesn’t want to pay him. Nothing that Luke Edwards reports to the contrary will change my opinion on that.