New Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce will take up his role as gaffer at the club on Friday as we tick into the month of February, and the 58-year-old has now spoken of the reasons behind the delay to him beginning his new chapter at Hillsborough.
Fans are keenly aware of the reason behind the delay and few doubt he wouldn’t have been in regular contact with the club and his backroom staff whilst he remained out in Barbados, recuperating and spending time with his family.
With poor punditry, demonstrating a lack of knowledge from Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy – with only Alex Scott showing understanding (and doing her homework before commenting) it sparked Steve’s son, Alex, into commenting and he received widespread support on social media for his choice of words.
Maybe if Ruud and Danny had been managing since 1998, lost a father, a mother, a job, had health issues of his own to to cope with all in the space of around six months they and others would understand why he needed a short break from football. https://t.co/FaeXfkSFMJ
— Alex Bruce (@AlexBruce84) January 27, 2019
Whether or not Bruce’s interview with the Telegraph was as a direct result, or an interview he already had planned to further clarify things, Bruce summed it up perfectly I think.
“I have had two operations and I’ve been recovering in Barbados. I did not hide anything from Sheffield Wednesday and they were perfectly happy with the plan. It was done with their full support. I wouldn’t have taken the job if they were not aware of the situation and what I needed to have done. I was completely open and honest with them when we talked about me taking the job. It is extremely disappointing that people have tried to make something negative out of it. People also have to realise that I had an extremely tough year in 2018, losing both my parents and I’d promised those close to me that I’d take a break. It took a lot out of me emotionally, it really did, and this is something I needed to do.”
Wednesday fans won’t need any clarification but clearly some pundits do.