Date:Friday January 6 2006
Steve Bruce has revealed he has a 'gentleman's agreement' with Chris Sutton to extend his contract by a further twelve months if Blues retain their Premiership status.
Sutton, who has initially signed for six months after leaving Celtic by mutual consent, has also been described as 'the new Christophe Dugarry' by a delighted David Gold.
Bruce said:'I've shaken Chris' hand and we've a gentleman's agreement in that, if we like him and he likes us, and everything goes hunky-dory, then we will look to extend his contract next season.
'To do that, we've got to remain in the Premier League. That's one spur. But that's a spur for us all. We're determined to make sure we stay where we are.
'It was great we could get someone with his experience and know-how as he's been a top centre-forward for the past 15 years. I'm delighted. He's just what we need and at the right time.
'His versatility is enormous but I want to play him as a striker. I want to play him as a threat. Umpteen times this season we've seen balls fizzed across that box and had no-one on the end of them.
'We've played well of late but we're hopeful Chris can give us a lift, a bit similar to where we were with Christophe Dugarry three years ago.'
Gold also concurs with Bruce's opinion of Sutton as the next Dugarry, saying:
'Once again Steve Bruce has pulled another rabbit out of the hat. Whilst there was only one Christophe Dugarry of his time, I've got to say this will be as important as the Dugarry signing.'
It, of course, remains to be seen whether Sutton can have as much of an effect on Blues fortunes as the French maestro did in our first Premiership season. But if he can have the same impact, it will be a tremendous boost to our efforts to stay up.
Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or to join in the debates on the forum.
Go on, get vitalled!
Stats: Forest v Blues (Saturday April 19 2014)
Birmingham To Sink Sunken Forest (Saturday April 19 2014)
Injury News: Novak and Hancox (Friday April 18 2014)
Birmingham The Subject of Takeover Bids (Friday April 18 2014)
Forest Keeper Confident Of Win Against Blues. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Officials For The Forest Game. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Clark Speaks About Loan Market. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Birmingham Urged to Shoot! (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Match Day Poll: Birmingham Could Sink Forest (Thursday April 10 2014)
Birmingham Lose Novak to Injury (Thursday April 10 2014)
|4.||Monk St Blue||15|
|15. Sheff Wed||43||13||14||16||2||53|
|16. Leeds Utd||43||15||8||20||-8||53|
|Edwards - We Need Semi Final Atmopshere
» Yeovil : 19/04/2014 23:15:00
|Johnson Delighted With Continued Fight
» Yeovil : 19/04/2014 23:03:00
|Pearson - Hails Discipline
» Leicester City : 19/04/2014 22:38:00
|Holloway Proud After Middlesbrough Display
» Millwall : 19/04/2014 22:22:00
|We need to change - Karanka
» Middlesbrough : 19/04/2014 22:12:00
|McCarthy - Missed Opportunities
» Ipswich : 19/04/2014 22:11:00
|Boro run ends
» Middlesbrough : 19/04/2014 22:00:00