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Bruce pledges Latics focus

03 Apr 2008 - 10:10:42

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce claims he bears no grudge towards his former employers ahead of Saturday's visit of former club Birmingham City to the JJB Stadium.

Bruce spent six years at St Andrew's before quitting in November to take charge of the Latics for the second time in his career.

The former Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace manager walked away from Birmingham due to uncertainty surrounding his future should a proposed takeover of the club go through.

However ahead of Saturday's clash with the Midlands club, Bruce claims he has no hard feelings towards the Birmingham board.

He also insists the points are more important that any personal matter with both clubs still haunted by the prospect of relegation.

"Our main objective and the thing I'm thinking about is getting three points," he told the Wigan Evening Post.

"Whatever has gone on in the past is in the past.

"I have fond memories of Birmingham, but I'm determined to get a win - that's my job.

"It's not a defining game, but whoever wins can make a huge step forward.

"I had six decent years at Birmingham, and of course their team is virtually the one I put together. I think I probably signed 95 per cent of them.

"I was totally disappointed with the way things ended there. I don't think that after six years it should have ended like that.

"But it's gone now and my priority is working well for the people at Wigan."


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