Baggies face tough season opener at Boro

The new season kicks off this weekend, in July thanks to the mid-season World Cup, with Albion facing a very tough opening fixture at Middlesbrough. While Steve Bruce has been at the Hawthorns helm for a number of months, Saturday evening’s game will usher in something of a new era for the Baggies as the manager has had a pre-season…

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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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