Bruce is still 'perfect' at Sunderland, insists Quinn after Chelsea mauling

18 January 2010 12:28
Niall Quinn insists Steve Bruce is still 'the perfect manager' for Sunderland, despite Saturday's 7-2 thrashing at Chelsea and a run of one win in 12.

Bruce is under increasing pressure from unhappy Sunderland supporters after losing ground in the Premier League following their early season promise and home wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.

But Sunderland chairman Quinn has insisted the pair are building for the future and will not be sidebracked by the miserable defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Nightmare: Steve Bruce watched his side concede seven goals on Saturday

Quinn was due to appear with Bruce on Sky's Goals On Sunday programme, but his manager pulled out of the broadcast following Saturday's result.

'A day like yesterday hurts, but it's also a true test,' said Quinn. 'I know one thing - Steve is the perfect man for our club and I mean that. I'm not here to pat him on the back and I'm saying that the day after a horrific result.

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'We've got a great guy who own the club who shuns the limelight. We've got a manager who knows what the club is about, who is from the region and knows it's different, who knows what it takes.

'He hasn't had the best of luck with injuries and suspensions and he's not got he thing rolling the way he wants in the last few weeks, everybody knows that, but I also know it's possible and that it's there again and my role as chairman is to support that.'

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Source: Daily_Mail