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10 Sep 2009 15:47:00

Bruce happy to balance books

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was happy to go some way towards balancing the books in a frenetic conclusion to the summer transfer window. The 48-year-old made a big-money swoop for Hull defender Michael Turner as the deadline approached having already pounced for the likes of Darren Bent, Lee Cattermole, Fraizer Campbell, Lorik Cana and Paulo da Silva. However, it was the exit door at the Stadium of Light which was spinning most rapidly during the final few days of the window as Paul McShane, Danny Collins, Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter were all sold and Teemu Tainio headed for Birmingham on loan. But Bruce insisted he had no qualms about recouping a healthy proportion of owner Ellis Short's latest investment. He said: "You can't just keep asking the owner, unless you are Manchester City - even Chelsea over the last three years have spent very, very little. It was important I put something back in the coffers. It wasn't just a one-way thing, we have to try to address it and balance the books a bit and balance the squad a bit. "There's nothing worse than saying to my first-team coach, `Right, you have got 28 players today'. It's difficult."


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