Time right for Bruce to move

07 June 2009 03:09
New Sunderland manager Steve Bruce thinks his 11 years of managerial experience will serve him well at the Stadium of Light. Since entering management at Sheffield United in 1998, Bruce has enjoyed spells at Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City but thinks the Sunderland job is a step up for him. He said: "It doesn't frighten me. I think it's the right time for me. I've done 11 years and in my early days it was very, very difficult when it wasn't quite what was written in the brochure and I struggled with that. "But over the years I've been able to get a bit of experience and I think this is the right time for me to take on this challenge. I've done over 500 games now so it's the right time. "I know how difficult it is, especially in the Premier League, and I do believe you become better with experience so that will stand me in good stead. "You've got to manage people. You can have big stadiums and big support, but it's what goes over the white line for you and, at Wigan, particularly before Christmas and we had to break the team up. "We might not have had the biggest support or the biggest of stadiums or training grounds, but my God we had unbelievably good team and that's what I want to create again."

Source: ESA