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Steve Bruce: “One of the best four managers in the world”

Wigan owner makes humble appraisal of manager

Dave Whelan Wigan Owner

Wigan owner Dave Whelan last night showed he isn’t afraid of beating a man when he is down, by taking a pop at sports retailer arch nemesis Mike Ashley:

“He is a very good retailer, but at managing a football club, no. Especially with him being a Tottenham supporter and then going up to Newcastle, a club that is a different kettle of fish to most in the land.”

He went on to heap praise on Wigan gaffer Steve Bruce, who is currently fifth favourite to take the reins at St James Park. Whelan said he would support Bruce in any career decision, but alluded to the man from the north east being destined for bigger things than the Magpies:

“One day he will get a big-four job – I realise that, and I think the whole country realises he is one of the best four managers in the world.”

Does the whole country realise that? Yes, he helped Birmingham get promoted twice and kept Wigan away from the danger zone last season, but does he deserve to sit among the Mourinhos and Fergusons of the game?

If you have any thoughts on Whelan’s comments, or know who take up the other three spots in the top managers list, let us know with a comment below.

2 responses so far
  • Upminster Iron // September 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I think in Whelan’s list Paul Jewell is number one, Bruce a close second, Chris Hutchings a fair way behind in third and then Sir Alex Ferguson a very distant fourth.

  • Honest Abe // September 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Maybe that quote was taken out of context?
    Maybe Steve Bruce is in the top four, ex Man utd players who manager now in the world?
    or the top four English managers in the world.

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