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Waugh: Bruce Sunderland link doesn’t bother fans

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Steve Bruce’s tenure as manager is not something that most  hold against him, according to The Athletic journalist Chris Waugh. 

boss was in charge of the Black Cats between 2009 and 2011, but Waugh has suggested that any belief it has affected the fanbase’s outlook of him is false.

Writing in a piece for the Athletic, he said: “The idea Bruce was somehow rejected out of hand by some supporters because he previously managed is a fallacy.

“A minority of may hold that against him but the majority do not.”

OPINION

To be fair to Waugh, he’s probably right about this one. The chances are that  Army aren’t bothered by Bruce’s past as  manager, but rather that he is regarded as something of a yes man for the Ashley regime. Taking the job under the circumstance he did, with Benitez having just left and with Ashley’s popularity at an all time low, it was always going to look as if he had taken the gig by bowing to the controversial businessman’s wishes. A history with Sunderland pales in to insignificance compared with that allegation, especially one that ended the best part of a decade ago. At the end of that day,  are not in a position to be fussy, and their mindset as a fanbase is dictated much more by pragmatism than it is by rivalries. Any upset with Bruce is because there is a belief he is not the right man for the job, not because of his past.

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