Monday, November 19, 2007

Steve Bruce Joins Wigan

As reported by ESPNsoccernet, Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has signed a four-year, $16 million US contract to become Wigan's new manager. Wigan is believed to have sent $6 million US back to Birmingham as compensation.

This really hurts Birmingham's chances of staying in the Premiership after this season as Bruce is a quality manager whose players love playing for him. The squad he'll inherit at Wigan isn't exactly on the young side, so Bruce should be able to tap into that experience and get the best out of his new team in hopes to maintain their place in the top tier of English soccer.

The problem at Birmingham for Steve Bruce was the pending new ownership under Carson Yeung and uncertainty surrounding Bruce's future at the helm of Birmingham's second-best team. Bruce hadn't been given the guarantees he sought from the incoming ownership and obviously felt the security offered to him by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was too much to pass up.

It's uncertain who will step in and guide Birmingham, at least for the short-term, because Bruce's number two with the Blues, Eric Black, will probably step into the same role at Wigan in the very near future as assistant manager.

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