Bruce Set To Sign New Contract

Posted on May 29, 2007 
Filed Under Blues News

According to Colin Tattum in the Mail the Blues board are set to alter manager Steve Bruce’s contract from a five year deal to a rolling two year contract. Bruce currently has two years left on his deal and it is understood that this will now be turned into a rolling deal – similar to what Trevor Francis had, if my memory isn’t playing tricks on me.

One piece that didn’t quite add up – to me at any rate – in Tattum’s article:

That means Bruce would always have two years remaining on his contract, until such a time he parts company with Blues.

That seems a bit sketchy. What, so we can simply sack him at any point we wish without compensation or do we have to give him a couple of years notice, like? What’s the deal if we want to get rid of him? Is it going to cost £5m like it was reportedly going to last time it was talked about? Do we have to pay him 2 years up regardless of when we sack him?

Not that I’m begin negative and saying we’ll need to at any point during the next gazillion years, etc. I know how the more staunch Bruce supporters out there like to point out such negativity in my posts. It’s merely a simple question.

When it was all going so horribly wrong, many people blamed the board for giving Bruce such a long contract. Few predicted that it would turn so quickly and that less than two years into his shiny new contract, we’d all be calling for his head. Everything was rosy.

Newcastle United came calling for Bruce and the board made a decision to do whatever they had to do to keep ahold of their prized asset. Bruce was a man who’d delivered walk-on-water success in a very short period of time. I don’t blame the board for giving Bruce such a contract, even now – although hopefully, like Bruce, they’ve perhaps learnt a valuable lesson.

The headline I suppose is a bit misleading when it comes to all this. After all, he’s not really signing a new contract, just having his currently one slightly amended so that the anti-Bruce brigade can’t circle a day in their calendars two years from now and look forward to it with a fervour only usually reserved for derby day victories and promotion parties!

Anyway, speaking of the manager he’s been talking to Blues magazine this week about stuff such as having a clean slate and the club hopefully all pulling in the same direction from now on. You can read some of the quotes by clicking here.

I like the quote about people perhaps giving him a fair go from now on. As far as I’m concerned, this season has been one of the most difficult in recent memory. Not simply because the odds of coming back up are so wildly stacked against relegated sides with the same manager but for the majority of the season, the club seems to have been in turmoil with everyone having a different opinion on every single matter.

Bruce has led us through it – and at varying points the majority didn’t think he would – and ultimately leaves us standing on the brink of what can only be described as an exciting and outstanding opportunity to once again establish ourselves as a Premiership club. He deserves, at the very least, for people to back off and give him a bit of space to manoeuvre, to try what he sees fit, to make the odd mistake and to be given time to correct it.

He’s said that he’s learnt from his mistakes and I think he should be given the chance to prove just that. After all, the Championship was never going to be the doddle that we hoped it would be and I think it’s only really now that we realise how difficult a job getting back up was going to be and why so few managers actually achieve it.

The floor is yours, Brucey… take it away.


3 Responses to “Bruce Set To Sign New Contract”

  1. letsby on May 29th, 2007 5:29 pm

    The two year rolling contract is quite simple and straightforward.

    If another club wants him, they pay Blues 2 years as compensation.

    If Blues want rid they pay him 2 years compensation.

    Its a very simple idea to grasp.

    Trivia note.
    Don Revie was the first UK club manager to have such a contract (at Leeds).
    And the second manager to have such a contract ( and it caused great derision at the time ) was Freddie Goodwin at Blues.

  2. Russ on May 29th, 2007 5:46 pm

    Cheers Aff, and cheers Letsby for clearing that one up :)

    Why not just stick with the five year contract?

    Presumably he had 4 years left??

    Would they only have to pay one year’s compensation for the four years remaining on the previous contract??

    I wonder if Bruce and the Board realised they both wanted more flexibility, that is both agree four more years was too much time to predict what could or would happen, whereas two years should mean we can see ourselves established in the Prem still?

  3. Aff on May 29th, 2007 5:52 pm

    Cheers Letsby.

    He had two years on his existing contract, Russ.

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