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Is Bruce in for the Long Haul?


Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan made a public statement this week on the future of manager Steve Bruce when he said 'If a club came in for him it would have to be one of the big four before Steve would even consider looking at it."

So is Whelan totally dismissing a little rumour that is circulating around at the moment suggesting that Steve Bruce will leave the Latics for Newcastle United in the summer.

Now Whelan is not a man to hide behind his words and in the Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley the Latics owner has a target that he likes to vent some venom towards, to think that Ashley could lure Bruce away would be a nightmare for Whelan.

Ashley and Whelan go back a long way and their paths (and swords) have crossed many times on the business front with both being rivals in the sports wear sector, Whelan was head of JJB Sports and Ashley in a similar position with Sports Direct.

Only this week Ashley challenged Whelan in attempting to buy the Gym Club division of JJB which Whelan was eventually successful in securing and re-naming DW Fitness but it appeared to leave a bitter taste with Whelan with his attack of the Newcastle chairman in the media suggesting that the feuding pair will continue their little spats in a very public arena.

Whelan said that Ashley is bringing Newcastle down and his antics aren`t what is expected of a Premier League chairman, he said:

'I don't trust Ashley as far as I could bloody throw him'.

'I think he's got what he deserved. You don't go into a football club as big and proud as that and lower all the standards.


Whelan went on to say a lot more as he grabbed the opportunity to slate his bitterest rival but one statement that was intriguing:

"You can't get a Tottenham fan buying Newcastle and letting people think he supports them. It's not right, there's no pride left in the club.'

Isnt Whelan a Blackburn Rovers supporter?

Any way back to Bruce, apparently he is interested in taking over at Newcastle should Joe Kinnear decide that he doesn`t want to risk getting back to work after such a massive health scare and Bruce may just be tempted to move this summer having taken Latics to a new level and one web site claiming that they have spoken to a source close to Bruce who says:

"It is a job that interests him and he hasn`t tried to hide that from Newcastle either. They know how he feels. He is from the North East and it would be like coming home for him.

"He`s done an excellent job at Wigan and enjoys working there, but Newcastle are a much bigger club and it is a challenge he would like to take on in the future. I think even Dave Whelan realises that."



It will be an interesting time this summer at the Latics and if there is any truth that the club are thinking about touring Australia in preseason I`d say go for it and keep Brucie as far away from Newcastle as possible, we`ll never get another like him




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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 28 2009

Time: 11:16AM

Your Comments

Bruce has turned our club around when we were in danger of slipping out of the Prem last season, lets hope we can keep him at the helm for the foreseeable future
worbo
Bruce has turned our club around when we were in danger of slipping out of the Prem last season, lets hope we can keep him at the helm for the foreseeable future
worbo
As you say worbo, it will be an interesting time in the summer. Your best bet for keeping Bruce, is for Newcastle to go down.
Thaibluefan
As you say worbo, it will be an interesting time in the summer. Your best bet for keeping Bruce, is for Newcastle to go down.
Thaibluefan
Why do Newcastle still continue to attract names even when it's clear to all that they're sinking faster than a deadweight? I have a lot of respect for what Bruce has done with Wigan over the last couple of years, and to leave them for Newcastle, even if they avoid the drop, would be bewildering. Geordies should face it, Wigan are a bigger club now and will be for some time based on how bleak things are looking up there.
Naoise
Why do Newcastle still continue to attract names even when it's clear to all that they're sinking faster than a deadweight? I have a lot of respect for what Bruce has done with Wigan over the last couple of years, and to leave them for Newcastle, even if they avoid the drop, would be bewildering. Geordies should face it, Wigan are a bigger club now and will be for some time based on how bleak things are looking up there.
Naoise
Thanks for that Naoise, I am going to frame that statement...'Geordies should face it, Wigan are a bigger club'
worbo
Thanks for that Naoise, I am going to frame that statement...'Geordies should face it, Wigan are a bigger club'
worbo
The local Newcastle press are a joke, whenever anyone takes a pop at their club these OPINION pieces appear as if some sort of security blanket for the Newcastle faithful.
eh?
The local Newcastle press are a joke, whenever anyone takes a pop at their club these OPINION pieces appear as if some sort of security blanket for the Newcastle faithful.
eh?
Duh. EVERYONE knows Bruce wants to take the Newcastle job. He has publicly said that he regretted not taking it a few years ago. The crucial element is that he won't go when Ashley is the chairman. If Ashley manages to sell tickets to the sinking Titanic and con someone into buying HMS Toon then MAYBE Bruce will go. The Titus stuff in that article is just lazy copy and paste journalism. Whelan is probably a Blackburn supporter because he was born in 1936 and Wigan Athletic was formed in 1932, while Blackburn was already a locally established club, plus he played for Blackburn. He is raised in Wigan though. Why so much Whelan bashing? At least he isn't calling it Whelan Park or Whelan Cottage like Everton and Fulham. Such stupid names for grounds they have.
avantsweater
Duh. EVERYONE knows Bruce wants to take the Newcastle job. He has publicly said that he regretted not taking it a few years ago. The crucial element is that he won't go when Ashley is the chairman. If Ashley manages to sell tickets to the sinking Titanic and con someone into buying HMS Toon then MAYBE Bruce will go. The Titus stuff in that article is just lazy copy and paste journalism. Whelan is probably a Blackburn supporter because he was born in 1936 and Wigan Athletic was formed in 1932, while Blackburn was already a locally established club, plus he played for Blackburn. He is raised in Wigan though. Why so much Whelan bashing? At least he isn't calling it Whelan Park or Whelan Cottage like Everton and Fulham. Such stupid names for grounds they have.
avantsweater
Well said avantsweater. There seems to be so much vitriol for DW on here at the moment - personal axe to grind perhaps? Either way, we're 7th in the league, got a good squad, excellent manager, will be debt free within 12 to 15 months and we have the possibility of getting into Europe. Lighten up eh?
PKB
Well said avantsweater. There seems to be so much vitriol for DW on here at the moment - personal axe to grind perhaps? Either way, we're 7th in the league, got a good squad, excellent manager, will be debt free within 12 to 15 months and we have the possibility of getting into Europe. Lighten up eh?
PKB
 

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