Bramble: Black Cats back Bruce

The Black Cats have yet to win in their opening four Premier League

games and were also knocked out of the Carling Cup by Championship

side Brighton. Bruce’s side have lost both matches at the Stadium

of Light after following up the derby defeat by Newcastle with a

2-1 reverse against Chelsea. A section of fans called for Bruce to

be sacked during Saturday’s loss following another summer of change

in the Black Cats’ squad. Prior to the game against Chelsea, Bruce

also lost Asamoah Gyan to Al-Ain and was critical of the Ghanaian

striker’s decision to accept a loan move to the United Arab

Emirates. However, Bramble believes demands for Bruce to be

dismissed are unfair and says the players are fully behind their

manager. “Any time they call for the manager’s head, it’s unfair,”

said Bramble. “The manager has made some great signings. “He’s

improved things from last season but it’s going to take time to

gel. It’s not going to happen overnight. “The players are all

behind the gaffer. We’ve made some fantastic signings and it is

going to take us time to bed in.”