Does Steve Bruce not deserve a chance?

Managers will always divide supporters. Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce and Valérien Ismaël were three of the most divisive characters to take charge of Albion in recent years, but even the generally popular Darren Moore and Slaven Bilić had plenty of detractors. The latest incumbent, Steve Bruce, is another that attracts both positive and negative opinions, although those who are against…

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Brucie’s Rebuild – the story so far

As the disaster that was the 2021/2022 season was drawing to a close, Steve Bruce made it clear that the Albion squad would be the subject of a rebuilding job over the summer. Once the Valérien Ismaël experiment failed, it was clear that a squad that had been assembled for one particular style of football would need something of an…

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What form will Steve Bruce’s squad overhaul take?

When Steve Bruce was appointed as Valérien Ismaël’s successor in February, Albion were in fifth place, still in contention for the play-offs, but on a firm downward spiral. I felt that it was a sensible appointment given Bruce’s experience of winning promotion in the second tier, albeit uninspiring. Unfortunately, he was unable to arrest the Baggies’ slide and soon realised…

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Baggies hoping for a Brucie bonus

After a fairly momentous day at the Hawthorns on Wednesday, which saw the end of Valérien Ismaël’s tenure at the club and significant changes in the boardroom, Baggies fans had to wait until Thursday evening for the appointment of new manager, Steve Bruce, on an eighteen month deal. He becomes the first man to lead Albion, Blues and Villa since…

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Valérien Ismaël – the epilogue

The news that had been expected for a number of days was finally confirmed on Wednesday afternoon with the club statement that Valérien Ismaël had left the club along with his assistant, Adam Murray. While some fans will be celebrating, it is disappointing for the club that he has not been successful. So where did it all go wrong? It…

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