Quinn backing Bruce revival

Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is confident that under-pressure manager Steve Bruce‘s job is not under threat and he will be given time to turn things around (Sunderland 6/1 To Be Relegated).

Quinn stepped down as chairman to take on an ‘international development role on Monday’, with owner Ellis Short stepping into his shoes with immediate effect.

The Black Cats have suffered a dreadful start to the season, winning just one Premier League match to date to sit in 16th place in the table and there have already been calls for Bruce to step down from some quarters.

But Quinn believes the former Wigan chief’s job is safe at the moment and he will work with Short to solve the current problems.

“Steve is not isolated by this – it’s the exact opposite. It’s time for him to build a closer relationship with Ellis,” he said.

“Steve will get time for this team to gel. There’s another window looming. Unless the situation becomes apocalyptic, and it’s no good worrying about that, Steve will get time.”

Sunderland brought in a host of new players over the summer and were tipped to challenge for a Europa League place this term (Spurs 11/1 Europa League Outright) but it has not gone to plan in the first seven matches.

It would be easy for either the board to bring in a new man or the former Birmingham manager to walk away but Quinn is confident that neither will happen as the new man at the helm does not make knee-jerk reactions.

“This can be the making of Steve Bruce,” he added. “Steve has been in a jumpy world at clubs before, where he read things in the media, but with Ellis he won’t. Ellis is straightforward, a real man, no whispering.”

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