Cats open contract talks with Boss

08 January 2011 10:07
SUNDERLAND have opened talks with manager Steve Bruce over extending his contract.[LNB] Bruce has 18 months remaining on his existing deal and has been touted as a possible successor to England boss Fabio Capello when he steps down after Euro 2012.[LNB] The Black Cats boss has hinted that he would be interested in leading his country, but has admitted that he would also like to discuss a new contract to stay with Sunderland.[LNB] Now it has emerged chairman Niall Quinn and owner Ellis Short, who have been impressed by Bruce's first 18 months under a three-year deal, have been in touch.[LNB] Bruce has led Sunderland into the top six of the Premier League and they are on course for a European place.[LNB] A victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night, despite injuries to key players, has maintained their momentum and Sunderland are keen for Bruce's reign to head in to a fourth year.[LNB] Sunderland finished 14 points above the relegation zone in Bruce's first season in charge and he has helped Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson force their way into the England squad.[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo