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.”