Steve Bruce “Wins” The Premier League’s Managerial Sack Race

As one wag put it on Twitter last night, “Steve Kean is so incompetent that he can’t even win the sack race”. It was, however, another Steve who did manage to stumble over this unwanted finishing line ahead of the perpetually embattled Blackburn Rovers manager. Steve Bruce became the first Premier League manager to lose his job for this season following his departure from Sunderland late yesterday afternoon, and recent events meant that this was no great surprise. The knives had been drawn for Bruce since before his side’s defeat in the League Cup at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion in September, but the et tu Bruté moment didn’t come until last weekend, with the club’s home defeat in the Premier League at the hands of the previously jettisoned Wigan Athletic. The writing was on the wall for Bruce with the testy comments of the club’s owner, Ellis Short, after the Wigan match. Short suggested that we would know more about Bruce’s fate within forty-eight hours. It is, perhaps, proper that a decision as game-shifting as that of whether to replace the manager or not should be taken after a period of consultation, but it seemed from that moment on as Bruce’s days in the Premier League could only be numbered and the question of why or how he hung on for that extra couple of days is a curious one. Sunderland supporters have become...

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