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Cut-price Bruce leaves Birmingham

Cut-price Bruce leaves Birmingham

Steve Bruce was allowed to move to Wigan for less compensation than was in his Birmingham City contract because it was the morally right thing to do, according to co-owner David Sullivan.

It has emerged that Bruce, who has reportedly signed a £2million-a-year deal with Wigan, has a £7million compensation clause in his contract, but it was decided to only ask for £3million because it was decided it would be wrong to prevent a move. Newcastle apparently decided against appointing Bruce three years ago due to the compensation clause.

Sullivan was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "We priced Steve out of a move to Newcastle three years ago. In his contract there is a £7m compensation clause. The reality is that I don't know whether anyone would pay that.

"However, when we were approached by Dave Whelan, we felt - because we are nice people - that it would be morally wrong to stand in Steve's way again. We could have insisted on the £7m. But we have instead allowed him to leave for £3m.

"We could not foresee the effect that refusing him a chance to leave would have. We could quite easily have had a soured manager on our hands. In our position, that would have been courting disaster.

'Steve did a good job here. And he was well rewarded for it, contrary to what has been said in some quarters."

The situation surrounding Bruce's successor is rather complicated due to the uncertainty surrounding Carson Yeung's possible takeover. Additionally, it is thought Bruce's assistant Eric Black could also move to Wigan in the near future.

A number of high-profile foreign managers are thought to be on the short-list - but the director's are first taking legal advice regarding whether they can make a permanent appointment given the current shareholding situation.

Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Monday November 19 2007
Time: 9:27PM

Comments

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£3 mil is a lot for a manager, I hope he's worth it to us, if he keeps us up he will be. Hope you stay up as well good luck for rest of season
worbo
19/11/2007 21:31:00
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That keen to get rid, says to me deal done with new man already.
Eddie01
19/11/2007 21:34:00
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Cut-price = £3million! Where do you shop! Sideways step. Left one club being relegated for another one being relegated.
DerryVillan
19/11/2007 21:36:00
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Should be fun now...
St Andrews Blue
19/11/2007 22:03:00
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At least we got £3million. More than we'll ever see from any takeover that won't ever happen.
The Blues Brother
19/11/2007 22:33:00
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Don't get this. Brum IMO are a bigger club than Wigan. Maybe Bruce feels he has unfinished business at Wigan and got bored of Brum. If Wigan do go down, then Bruce will get Wigan back up. Good appointment for Wigan.
Real Deal
20/11/2007 08:49:00
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Seems like a hell of a lot of compo for a pretty ordinary manager. There are plenty of other ordinary managers available who would have cost nothing.
DeanoVilla
20/11/2007 13:23:00
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more like he wantefd him out as well hence the cut price offer....since when did sully get a concience ????
ernshaw
20/11/2007 16:07:00
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can't see where Brum are going myself! Takeover falling apart I guess Bruce wanted out to get peace of mind over his position!
merlin
20/11/2007 20:18:00
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