Former goalkeeper Steve Harper revealed that Steve Bruce often ran a number of different formations at Hull City. He also said that Hull City were one of the first clubs in England to play regularly in a 3-5-2 formation under Bruce.
Steve Bruce’s Net Worth, Salary and Endorsements
Steve Bruce started his career at Gillingham, primarily as a centre back. In 1979, his first big break came when he was selected for the England national team’s youth squad. That year, he broke into the first team at Gillingham from the reserve squad.
When his contract expired, Bruce signed for Norwich City, and helped them earn a promotion to the top flight of English football. Although he captained the England B team, he was touted as the best defender to never play for the senior team.
Soon, top teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Rangers FC were chasing him. Ultimately, he chose Manchester United, helping them to a top 2 slot in the First Division.
After retiring, he began to take up a managerial role, with Birmingham being the first club. Upon his arrival, the Blues were in a mid-table position in the First Division, but a lengthy unbeaten run saw the team qualify for the play-offs.
Then, in 2007, after Birmingham fans lost faith in him in spite of a few successes, Steve Bruce’s future was uncertain. However, despite positive signs from the Birmingham camp, Wigan Athletic pounced and paid Birmingham nearly £3 million as compensation. Bruce led Wigan to an 11th-place finish in the 2008–09 season, despite the loss of midfielder Wilson Palacios to Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
He then had stints at Sunderland, Hull City, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, before settling with Newcastle United. However, Sheffield Wednesday filed a report to the Premier League alleging misconduct in his appointment.
Newcastle United denied any wrongdoing and stated that they were confident no case could be escalated. Due to visa problems in China, Bruce watched his first match as manager from the stands. Bruce soon made six signings, notably securing Joelinton from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
As a manager, he led Birmingham to the First Division playoffs and runner up in the Football League Championship. Steve Bruce also led Hull City to the Football League Championship runner-up as well. Hull were also FA Cup runner-ups and reached the Football League Championship playoffs.
|Clubs Managed||Birmingham, Wigan, Hull City, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United|
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