Where is Steve Bruce now?
Considered one of the best defenders of the 80’s and 90’s to never win an England cap, former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce retired from his illustrious career in 1998 whilst in a player manager role at Sheffield United.
An integral part of Alex Ferguson’s squad during his playing career at Old Trafford, Bruce won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup three times, the League Cup and also the European Cup Winners Cup.
After spending just a year at Bramhall Lane, Bruce then had a number of managerial jobs over the next three years including Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic before finally settling down at Birmingham City in 2001.
After successfully guiding the Blues to the Premier League on two occasions Bruce returned to Wigan Athletic in 2007 after Birmingham were taken over by Carson Yeung who wouldn’t ratify his new contract.
Bruce had two decent years at Wigan where he avoided relegation in his first season and finishing in 11th place in his second season but a move to his native North-East with Sunderland was too much to resist and he joined the Mackems in June 2009.
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Unfortunately Bruce was sacked at the end of 2011 after a run of poor results and replaced by Martin O’Neill but he wasn’t away from football long as he joined Hull City in June 2012.
An extremely successful campaign in 2012-13 saw Bruce steer Hull City to automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Unfortunately after two seasons in the Premier League, Hull City were relegated to the Championship on the last day of the season after they failed to beat Bruce’s former side Manchester United.
Bruce led his Hull City side to promotion to the Premier League once again in 2015-16 via the play offs but left the club before the season started after being left disillusioned by the board’s lack of investment despite a huge injury list.
Days prior to his departure from Hull City, Bruce was interviewed for the vacant England manager’s job which eventually went to Sam Allardyce.
In October 2016, Bruce was back in football management when he was unveiled as the new manager of struggling Championship side Aston Villa.
After steadying the ship in his first season, Bruce brought in experience to the side in his second season in the way of former Chelsea captain John Terry and they ended up reaching the Championship play-off final where they unfortunately lost out to Fulham.
With Terry leaving at the start of Bruce’s third season his Villa side struggled and they won only one game in nine during August and September which ultimately led to his dismissal at the start of October 2018.
He wasn’t out of football for long and joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday as manager in January 2019 but resigned six months later to join Premier League side Newcastle United – the club he supported as a boy.
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Steve Bruce: Premier League Statistics
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