Bruce In, Bruce In, Shake It All and Win?
Posted on October 30, 2006
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Another article by Russell Dempsey.
The tide has turned, as I type. Steve Bruce seems more popular than the vestal virgins household on ‘get it free’ day. I’ve been sat firmly in the Bruce In camp for so long, yet felt obliged to waver towards the Bruce Out campfire when it appeared to be a little warmer. However, the shock that’s been felt now Birmingham have won three in a row for what feels like the first time this decade has managed to cheer most Bluenoses up. I’m happy to accept that this is a temporary respite for Steve Bruce, and he still has some way to go to bring everyone around. Some fans will never be happy, and I’m afraid Steve Bruce has to accept this for the fact he managed the team when we were last relegated. I’d suggest we’ll have to survive next year in the Prem under him before those fans came back to the ‘light side’. I don’t think he deserved the darker days of criticism, but I don’t feel like he deserves instant forgiveness now. In the same way as Bluenoses the world round celebrated us beating Villa in our first season in the Prem, we’re all bathing in the rapturous joy of a derby victory. With Coventry coming up, can we do a double-Derby? Triple if you include Derby by virtue of missing out the Carling Cup fixture. I truly feel the squad should come out flying now. The gelling time is truly over, and we should have no problems with confidence.
That leads me to Mikael Forssell. I can’t help but think his confidence is so shot he needs to go in the reserves NOW, or at very least go out on loan somewhere. Otherwise, why did we buy the lad?? He needs to score, to regain confidence. Otherwise, he’ll be called upon to step in if Bendtner’s injured, or someone’s suspended, and he’ll be the same ‘goal-less’ Forssell as he has been since he missed THAT penalty…….
Should Steve Bruce go? No, I don’t think he should, he certainly appears to have been able to ‘come out fighting’ especially since the press and fans got on his back. Perhaps they pricked his pride, and that can only be a good thing. I truly believe he should never have been backed so publicly by the Board. Why would I endeavor to turn up on time if my boss told everyone I’d ‘NEVER’ get the sack? Sure, I’d do my best, but one morning when it’s freezing out, and the missus isn’t……you get the picture….
So – has Steve Bruce been engaging in early morning shenanigans, rather than training?? I doubt it, but I’m also sure he can’t have been so motivated. I feel he WAS let down by a number of players, interestingly including Chris Sutton, and that MUST have been getting to him. That would reflect on his motivating skills. Anyone who saw his face when the goals went in against West Brom must KNOW his commitment can#t be questioned. Contrast his childish exuberance with the dour-faced dullness of Eriksson, or even McLaren for that matter. Bruce is no Barry Fry, but then I think Bruce is better than him.
A number of fans suggested they’d be happier with Fry at the helm than with Steve. My personal feeling is that TF was better than Fry…..and that Brucey is better than TF. He’s just gone through a bad spell. I honestly feel Bruce has it in him to get us back to the Prem, and – hopefully – he can learn from this season’s early ‘dip’ (we never really plummeted, luckily) in order to push us up to the next level. That is irrelevant to a point, chances are, he’d have adequate funds to buy new players if we returned to the Prem, so slating the current bunch would be unfair. He was expected to shed a lot of ‘Prem’ class players, and though we tried attracting the likes of Collins John, it never really happened, so we have to be content with the fact that Bruce has built a Championship team, from the ashes of a Prem one. No-one could have expected us to be a Prem team in the Championship. West Brom could have claimed to be that, and we just beat them 2-0. That’s our potential. I feel the fans should be incensed to get behind the lads after our recent form, but Steve Bruce has a job to do, too. Stop towing the marketing line about attendances, and thank those that DO turn up. Half full, not half empty Steve.
I say bring on Coventry, bring on Barnsley, bring on Liverpool. If we can beat ANY two of those, I’ll be a happy Bluenose. Win all three, I’m sure Bruce won’t need to remember these dark days for a very long time……