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Bruce may have axed Blues players

Bruce may have axed Blues players

Outgoing Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce was apparently set to make a number of changes after errors allowed Aston Villa to secure an undeserved win at St Andrews last weekend.

It has been claimed that Bruce, who will reportedly treble his earnings by moving to Wigan at the start of next week, was set to punt Liam Ridgewell, Johan Djourou and Maik Taylor from the starting XI after schoolboy defending allowed Villa's schoolboy attack to secure all three points.

Bruce, in what was his last interview before Wigan approached, told the Birmingham Mail: "The own goal - that should have been dealt with. The second goal - that should have been bread and butter.

"We didn't clear, didn't stop the cross and we were sitting too deep. As he came back on his right-hand side, we should have been up around the penalty spot.

"These are the sort of things you learn from and grow into. I am going to analyse that area of the pitch very hard."

While we are unlikely to ever know what Bruce would have done ahead of the next game, it's now arguably more likely that the current crop of players will retain their places to ensure a sense of continuity - at least until a new manager is officially installed.

But, as Bruce rightly claimed, there is a fine line between success and failure in the Premier League and, although there are far worse teams than Birmingham and a mid-table finish is realistic, it only takes a few lapses to raise the prospect of another relegation.

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Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Saturday November 17 2007
Time: 4:41PM

Comments

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good thing for you guys that he is going or ???? Who in now?
The Fear
17/11/2007 17:12:00
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A good question. A very good question. Who knows what will happen a few days down the line?
Jasper's Parrot
17/11/2007 17:23:00
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Yeung gets the final say as majority shareholder and that could cause a massive delay.
St Andrews Blue
17/11/2007 17:28:00
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Jasper P, best membership name ive seen in a while, well done.
VanMan
17/11/2007 19:01:00
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The problem is the complete lack of management quality available, or at least quality with Prem exp, making both a foriegn coach or a lower league manager a gamble. Lets be honest if there was any true quality around Bolton and Wigan wouldnt have sniffed around Bruce in the first place and Bolton certainly wouldnt have appointed Megson in the end. I'd be very surprised if it isnt a foriegn coach though.
coeur_de_lion
17/11/2007 19:49:00
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why the feck is Bruce contemplating going to Villa? Backward step or what?
merlin
17/11/2007 21:14:00
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It would be, but I assume you mean Wigan? Well, it's been assumed he'll go as soon as the takeover goes through. If it doesn't, it's all just a mess.
St Andrews Blue
17/11/2007 21:17:00
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infant school boy defenders...senior schoolboy attack...get over it you bunch of two bob scratchers...never have been and never will be....bunch of scum pretenders that live in bitter bitter land
imavillan
17/11/2007 21:41:00
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The tone of the articles on this site does make me laugh. Its thinly veiled jealousy, plain for all to see. Your sole ambition is survival. We have a decent shot at Uefa cup. Who's laughing now? What i want to know is what happens if Yeung delays his takeover til february, you've postponed putting a manager in, and then the takeover doesn't happen? You'd have to get a manager in without the opportunity to make transfers for the rest of the season! You'd really be in trouble.
The Usual Suspect
17/11/2007 22:18:00
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A manager who can't make transfers? I won't mention who I'm thinking of...
St Andrews Blue
17/11/2007 23:30:00
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