Bruce Speaks

Posted on June 30, 2006 
Filed Under Blues News

There was a press conference yestereday. Blues took the opportunity to introduce the new signings as well as get a few quotes from Bruce about the upcoming season. I tend not to copy and paste great strands of quotes from articles since… well… what’s the point? I’m trying to create something different here!

But I do and will link to them. You can read the quotes on the official Blues site by clicking here or a slightly different set from Ian Clarkson in the Birmingham Post here. And whilst I’m in full-on link mode, you can see the players first day back in training by clicking here.

“Maybe last year I was guilty of looking after the players that had served the club so well.”

Guess who?! Yeah, Brucey.

I know that slight admissions like this are going to do no good whatsoever for the anti-Bruce brigade out there. But for me, it’s a sign that the bloke is learning. Let’s be honest, he’s not going to stand up and produce a big list of things he did wrong although, for me, quotes like this show that he, privately, believes that he messed things up last season.

All up, I’m glad that Brucey is still here. Not based on one quote but based on the fact that relegation hurt us all and none of the supporters could see clearly. We were far too deeply involved. The board, I honestly believe, have made the correct decision in keeping Bruce but trying to go in a different direction.

*Puts tin hat on*

Feel free to disagree… I know Steve T will! Ha!


8 Responses to “Bruce Speaks”

  1. blue on June 30th, 2006 2:49 pm

    loyalty is a two way street

    bruce displayed it when linked with Newcastle, we have now repayed the favour.

    i look forward to next season – the premiership is stale and interesting!

  2. Luintious on June 30th, 2006 5:32 pm

    “Maybe last year I was guilty of looking after the players that had served the club so well.”

    Guess who?! Yeah, Brucey.

    NO who did you think said it?

  3. Marquis of Lorne on June 30th, 2006 8:04 pm

    “Maybe last year I was guilty of looking after the players that had served the club so well.”

    I’m happy to declare a truce with SB, but without being too picky this isn’t an admission (as you term it) but an attempted justification. As the imminent arrival of Colchester rather than Chelsea demonstrates, last year was a failure and this is just the sort of thing that has to be said to rally the troops. No significance in the greater scheme of things at all.

  4. lister on July 1st, 2006 10:48 am

    I just wish he would shut up and get on with it. when he came to the blues as manager he made a difference – lets hope he can do that again. no point in raking over the past.

  5. Luintious on July 1st, 2006 1:45 pm

    Why should he be quiet? As you the fan because I presume that your a BCFC fan would you not want to know what’s going on. I’m not having a go I’m just saying that it seems a little harsh on the guy.

  6. Steve T on July 3rd, 2006 2:08 pm

    Surprisingly Aff I do disagree with you, but probably not in the way you might expect.

    I think you are wrong when you say the supporters were too close and couldn’t see clearly. You seem to suggest the board has more insight and are not close enough to the club to have their decisions affected. In that I do disagree with you.

    The board has made a series of errors and compounded them by not addressing the fundamental problems since we have been relegated. I would say it is the other way around, the board are too close to Bruce to make the necessary decisions. The fans were clearly spotting the problems long before relegation. In fact most were calling for changes from the beginning of last season, and earlier, yet the board still do not seem to have fully grasped what went wrong.

    We have no choice as supporters but to get behind the team which also has to include Bruce. However, by not making the difficult decisions the board have opened us up to major problems if we have a bad start or poor run.

    As to Bruce his comments are still infuriating and he doesn’t seem to have really understood what went wrong. He has also shown throughout his managerial career he is lacking tactically, this will not have changed or improved over the last few weeks, our only hope is it will be less apparent in the Championship.

    I will get behind the team and Bruce but I will never change my mind he should have been sacked, even if we do gain promotion. No one in any walk of life should keep their job after performing so badly.

  7. Luintious on July 3rd, 2006 5:22 pm

    The reason we performed so rubbishly was because of Eric Black. He chooses the training regime not Bruce. He suggests the tactics to Bruce. If you renember back to when we had Mark Bowen there was no problem with Bruces tactics then wonder why?

  8. Steve T on July 3rd, 2006 6:06 pm

    Luintious I have had this argument many times. Steve Bruce wanted Bowen out and got his way, Steve Bruce appointed Black, Steve Bruce has over all charge of all the playing aspects of the club. There can be only one person who should carry the can and that is Steve Bruce. It might be harsh but it is a fact of life.

    I will also point out that for the last 6 months Bowen was with us we hardly won a game. Also the biggest factor was the money given to Bruce to improve the squad just after Bowen left. Bruce looked like he had brought in some decent players but then started playing the stupid formations and players out of position. Give Bruce options and you are asking for trouble.

    All of the above though is in the past and we need to move on. The new season approaches and we have to get behind the club, even Bruce. Let’s just hope the boards decisions do not come back and haunt us.

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