BLACK Cats boss Steve Bruce was given a grilling at a special lunch.
Supporters of the SAFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, enjoyed an exclusive question and answer session with the Sunderland manager.
The 50-year-old was quizzed on a range of topics, including player signings, the forthcoming Wear-Tyne derby and his hopes for the new season.
Guests, including city business leaders and Sky Sports News’ North East reporter David Craig, also enjoyed a two-course lunch at the Stadium of Light’s Riverview Brasserie.
Tickets for the annual “Tip Off Lunch” were only available to corporate members of the charity, which works with more than 40,000 children and their families each year.
Steve, who is currently preparing for his team’s Premier League opener against Liverpool next Saturday, said: “The SAFC Foundation is a part of what makes this club so great and it’s an absolute privilege for me to be able to help support them by taking part in this event.
“SAFC Foundation’s corporate members are obviously passionate about the football club and the local community and it was a pleasure to be able to and meet them, answer their questions and thank them for their support.”
Lynsey Thompson, SAFC Foundation’s head of development, also hailed the event a success and thanked those who supported it.
“We’d like to thank Steve for giving up his time at such a crucial part of his pre-season preparations,” she said.
“The Tip Off Lunch is always a great way to kick off the season and this year’s was no different.
“To have Steve give his support for an event such as this helps us engage the local business community and ensures that a great day was had by all who attended.”
The SAFC Foundation celebrates its 10th birthday this year with a full calendar of events.
The highlight will be a special Carols of Light concert at Durham Cathedral on December 8.
SAFC Foundation trustee Sir Tim Rice will lead the event, which is set to feature performances and readings from a host of t celebrities.
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