Date:Friday July 8 2011
I`m not one to pay much attention to the affairs of other clubs, but when Vital Latics member markgreen433 submitted an article suggestion about former Latics boss Steve Bruce`s transfer dealings at Sunderland I thought it would make a good discussion point.
So without further ado over to Mark Green:
I was just wondering what other members thought of Steve Bruce's scattergun approach to the transfer window so far?
My own opinion is that he is building a solid squad, but you have to wonder where they are all going to play! It seems to me that he is also going to cripple Sunderland financially and end up with a very unsettled team.
I'm sure Bramble is a little unsure of his place in the team with the two new boys who have arrived from United and god knows how his midfielders feel. However, it's the last two purchases that have me scratching my head.
How much do you think they had to offer Brown and O'Shea to leave United? If Gibson is haggling over Ł40,000 a week, what did they get and on a four year contract as well. Obviously they are a different quality, but it`s reminiscent of when he lumbered Wigan with the wages of De Ridder, Kapo and Koumas.
Though you wouldn't wish a bad season on anyone, you do have to worry about Sunderland's future if things go badly at the start. So what do you all think?
Personally I have always thought that Bruce just threw money at problems, he built a big squad at Birmingham before coming to the Latics, whilst with us he was forever dealing in the market, and he brought a few donkeys to Wigan, over priced ones at that.
I really do believe he`d have taken us down if he`d stayed and a lot of the unrest in the camp when Martinez first arrived was down to Bruce.
To think if he's giving a 31 year old defender (Brown) a 4 year contract, an average one at that, especially with the wages that he's likely to be on, could be a recipe for disaster
Like Mark says if they (Sunderland) don`t hit the ground running then there could be big trouble for Bruce and I wouldn`t be surprised if he was sacked or walked before Christmas.
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Date:Friday July 8 2011
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