Wigan Athletic - Bruce Finally Becomes an Ex-Latic
UK time is: 08:11:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Bruce Finally Becomes an Ex-Latic

Wigan Athletic have officially said goodbye to Steve Bruce who has left the bosses chair at the JJB to take up the reins at Premier League rivals Sunderland on a three year deal.

Bruce will be followed up the A1 by backroom staff Eric Black, Keith Bertschin and Nigel Spink leaving Latics needing to fill not only the bosses chair but also that of his support crew.

Latics fans should be grateful to Bruce for turning around the clubs fortunes when it looked certain that relegation was on the cards in the 2007/08 season, he came to the JJB in the November and brought organisation and a steely professionalism to the side that not only stopped the rot but also saw the club put in some impressive performances and climb the table to finish in 14th spot.

Bruce accomplished this with the same squad that Chris Hutchings had struggled with except for one signing, Wilson Palacios, displaying his abilities as a coach to make his side to be difficult to beat and the future looked bright.

The former Birmingham boss made several signings last summer, most notably Lee Cattermole and the now infamous Amr Zaki and the side set off the new season looking the business, but a poor October and back end of the season saw any aspirations of European qualification for next season disappear.

The sale of both Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey in the January window also had a negative effect on the teams performance`s but serious questions were asked about Bruce`s ability to motivate the team and get them out of their comfort zone with a disastrous run of just one win in the last eight games of the season the Wigan fans finished the season despondent and fearful of the new season and maybe a struggle and relegation battle.

Sunderland fans expecting Steve Bruce to take them on a charge into the top 6 could well be left a little disappointed if his previous exploits with both the Latics and Birmingham City are anything to go by.

Bruce builds a solid defence and a combative midfield and he certainly prefers 4-5-1 to the more attack minded 4-4-2, Sunderland won`t get relegated but they are just as likely to finish the season in 11th or 10th and if Ellis Short is looking for a top half finish for his investment then Sunderland just might be back at the JJB next season trying to prise new boss Roberto Martinez away.

Good luck and goodbye Brucie, thanks for some good memories and the constant 'thats for sure` at the end of each and every interview.

You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:

Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site

Vital Latics - Bringing you the Latics Speyk car stickers and the podcasts

It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved

For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 3 2009

Time: 4:05PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Bruce gone, now its Martinez time
Report Abuse
03/06/2009 16:10:00

Wish he had stayed but thats football. Don't think we will give him a third chance. It will be interesting what he says re the circumstances of leaving Wigan
Report Abuse
03/06/2009 16:23:00

Is an ex-latic a kind of laxitive?
Report Abuse
03/06/2009 16:29:00

Can't be, it always takes to long to leave.
Report Abuse
03/06/2009 16:54:00

I'm intrigued who our new boss will be but will Martinez come?
Report Abuse
03/06/2009 17:14:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Latics Youngster Moves To Wrexham On Loan (Thursday November 26 2015)

Any Previous? Southend United v Latics (Thursday November 26 2015)

Dan's Big Game Report - Latics 0 Burton 1 (Wednesday November 25 2015)

PWU Latics Podcast - Walking With Elephants (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Team News From The DW - Latics v Burton (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 86
2. hindleymonwafc 71
3. Thorpyness 61
4. 1henski 56
5. nottinghamlatic 56
6. Whittleblue 50
7. Yon Mon 50
8. Moonay 40
9. Lazysid 30
10. loudmouthblue 29

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Gillingham 19 11 4 4 14 37
3. Burton 18 11 2 5 3 35
4. Walsall 18 9 6 3 13 33
5. Wigan 19 9 6 4 10 33
6. Bradford 19 8 7 4 3 31
7. Peterborough 19 9 3 7 11 30
8. Southend 19 8 6 5 3 30

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Walsall v Bradford - Preview
» Walsall : 27/11/2015 08:02:00
Match Officials v Bradford City (H)
» Walsall : 27/11/2015 07:50:01
Liverpool And Man Utd Battle It Out For Rico
» Walsall : 27/11/2015 06:14:01
DRFC Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers - Team News
» Doncaster : 26/11/2015 20:59:01
DRFC Wellens joins Latics on loan
» Doncaster : 26/11/2015 20:44:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man Of The Match v Burton
Suggested By:  Benny Hill
Jussi Jääskeläinen 0%
Donervon Daniels 10%
Craig Morgan 20%
Chris McCann 10%
Tim Chow 10%
Reece James 40%
David Perkins 10%
Max Power 0%
Michael Jacobs 0%
Yanic Wildschut 0%
Alex Revell 0%