Wigan want £3 million from Sunderland for Steve Bruce

31 May 2009 10:42
Whelan has given Bruce permission to talk to Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn and he expects a decision to be made by the end of today. Bruce re-joined Wigan in Nov 2007 after Whelan agreed a compensation package with Birmingham. Whelan said: "I paid Birmingham a compensation fee and I think it is only fair they (Sunderland) buy his contract out. "I paid Birmingham £3m and I am asking for the same amount back. "There are a lot of managers in the market at the moment you can get for nothing. It depends whether Sunderland feel they want to pay £3m. If they want real, real quality managers Steve is up there. "I said to Steve and to Niall that if you are going to do a deal, do it quickly. Niall spoke to me and said 'I understand we can't mess about on this and by Sunday evening we will have a decision for you'." Whelan added that he will not draw up a shortlist of potential replacements until he has heard for certain that Bruce is leaving the JJB Stadium. "I don't want to lose Steve," said Whelan. "I really haven't got one (a replacement) in mind at present. It is not something I do - I wait to see what the outcome is and face reality. "I would advertise and we will have 20 applications in with some good lads among them. "There are quite a lot of people in the market at present and there are some good lads out there who don't have jobs." Although Sunderland's interest in Bruce is genuine there are other candidates and it is by no means certain that he will be Ricky Sbragia's successor.

Source: Telegraph