One of my favorite Premier League managers is Steve Bruce and I am sorry that he was pink-slipped by Sunderland today.
ESPN's Dale Johnson has an excellent piece on Bruce as a player and manager and is well worth reading at:
From across the pond, I always liked Steve Bruce as a manager. He was quotable, showed respect to opposing teams and seemed to be an inspirational leader. He endeared himself even more to me when I could almost see smoke coming out of his ears when his star striker Asamoah Gyan dumped on the Black Cats and jumped ship to play on loan in the United Arab Emirates for Al Ain.
Bruce was a hard-nosed player whose style of play was a factor in his nose being spread across much of his face. Friends of mine who knew him while he was at Wigan describe him as personable and a truly nice man. He is good for football and I wish him a speedy return to the managerial ranks.
As for his replacement, one name mentioned sends shivers up and down my spine and that is Rafa Benitez. Martin O'Neil, Mark Hughes? Fine, but please spare us from a return to the EPL of the sour Spaniard.