Bruce: It’s all gone pear-shaped

From being talked of as potential European challengers earlier in

the season, Sunderland are now in a battle to stay in the Premier

League after a run of 10 games without a win. The dip in form has

seen the Black Cats fall to within just three points of the bottom

three and led to rumours of unrest on Wearside. Reports have

claimed that Sunderland boss Bruce had a row with midfielder

Richardson after the 2-0 defeat at Everton late last month.

However, while Bruce acknowledged there have been stern words with

his squad in recent weeks, he insists there has been no issue with

former Manchester United youngster Richardson. “I had a bust-up

with a few of them, but Kieran wasn’t involved,” said Bruce in The

Sun. “There were a few I had a fall-out with and rightly so. “You

have to be a big player to play here and handle the expectation.

“It’s gone pear-shaped. We’ve been all over the place and not to

win in 10 is an horrific run.”