Cats boss wants time to shine

Bruce took over in June last year and guided them to 13th in the

Premier League in his first season in charge. Bruce’s men have made

a solid start to the current campaign and have managed recent draws

against Arsenal and Liverpool. The former Birmingham and Wigan

coach, 49, believes it is crucial that he is given time to mould a

successful team and is confident his young squad will achieve

success in the future. “We’ve made something like 30 changes

(going) out in 18 months and we’ve gone for young players,” he told

the Northern Echo. “I can see the makings, if we get a fair crack

of the whip, of a very decent team. “When they get together and

play a bit more, like (Jordan) Henderson and (Ahmed) Elmohamody

from Egypt; they all played exceptionally well (at Liverpool) –

along with my two centre backs. “We played really well against

Arsenal and I should have freshened it up for the League Cup

against West Ham. I made a mistake. But overall I’m very pleased.

“I’m 15/16 months in to the job but I’d still like another year to

see where we are. I think we’ve made big strides.” Bruce was

commenting after backing under-pressure Liverpool manager Roy

Hodgson, who has come in for some criticism despite only taking

over at Anfield in the summer. The Sunderland boss added: “It is

very difficult to judge anyone after five or six games or 15

months. “I think Liverpool have the right man in charge. He has got

vast experience. It is a difficult time. “Always in my experience

if it is not right above you then it filters down, even at

Liverpool.”