ALEX BRUCE is confident dad Steve will bounce back from his sacking by Sunderland.
In the short term, Town’s recent loan signing from Leeds expects the former Galpharm manager to be back at the stadium to watch his son’s new side face AFC Bournemouth in League I next Saturday.
But the 27-year-old centre-back believes Steve, who has also bossed Sheffield United, Wigan, Crystal Palace and Birmingham, has far too much experience and ability to be out of the game for long.
“It’s obviously tough for him at the moment, but it’s a situation most managers find themselves in at one time or another,” he said.
“Dad has been through this before – it happened to him at Huddersfield – and has come back, and he will do so again.”
Alex, who played under Steve at Birmingham, believes there are clear comparisons between the 50-year-old’s downfall at Town, where he was in charge between May 1999 and October 2000, and Sunderland, where he was boss for two-and-a-half years.
“I think the early days at Huddersfield were among the most enjoyable he’s had as a manager, and I have clear memories of coming to watch games as a young lad,” he continued. “The side were going well, but the club’s decision to sell Marcus Stewart to Ipswich proved very costly, and Town ended up missing out on the play-offs.
“Dad faced a similar situation when Sunderland chose to sell Darren Bent to Aston Villa, because how do you easily replace players who get so many goals?
“Sunderland were going really well up to that point, and it was a huge blow for dad to lose Darren. I think if the fans up there are honest with themselves, they will accept that.”
With Town out of the FA Cup, Bruce and his teammates have the weekend off before beginning preparations on Monday for the Bournemouth game.