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Bruce’s job under pressure after Sunderland’s latest defeat

| 27.09.2011

Sunderland’s shoddy start to the season has resulted in Steve Bruce being shortened in the Premier League odds to be the next boss to get the sack.

Despite a summer which has seen ten new faces arrive to battle for a spot in Bruce’s first team, Sunderland sit in 13th spot in the Premier League standings after six games, just one point outside of the relegation places.

However, it is the longevity of their poor form that is most worrying as Sunderland have only won five Premier League games since the middle of January this year.

Meanwhile, they have lost eight of their last ten games at the Stadium of Light, which must be considered relegation form.

Criticism has already been pointed at Bruce this season, with Sunderland failing to win and scoring only two goals in their opening four games of the campaign.

The 4-0 home win over Sunderland eased this pressure slightly, but the latest defeat at Norwich will have led to more disapproval from the club’s fans.

Bruce himself was unimpressed with the performance in terms of his team failing to even do the basics correctly, but there are signs that he may be running out of time at Sunderland, despite previously stating that it may take for his bunch of new arrivals to gel together.

Bruce is now only 3/1 from 9/2 to be the next Premier League manager to lose their job, which makes him the clear second favourite in this market behind Blackburn’s Steve Kean.

Arsene Wenger remains the next best at 7/1, although the rumours surrounding his future at Arsenal have eased significantly in the past week.

Bruce will be hoping to get the fans back on side in Sunderland’s next game, where they are 1/1 in the Premier League odds to win at home to West Brom.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.