NIALL QUINN insists Steve Bruce will wish Sunderland well despite being dismissed as the Black Cats boss.
Former chairman Quinn and Bruce had formed an excellent working relationship during the latter’s two-and-a-half years at the Stadium of Light.
But Bruce’s tenure came to an end last week after he was sacked following a return of just two wins from the opening 13 games of the season.
Director of international development Quinn (right) said: “It was a very difficult decision.
“I didn’t know Steve that well until he came to the club and obviously I built a relationship with him over a period of time – and his backroom staff.
“It was all geared up for us to go and be successful and when that stops, it’s a very difficult time.
“But that’s football, it’s a crazy world and a tough world.”
The ex-Black Cats striker addded on radio station talkSPORT: “I know Steve will be the first person to look forward now and wish the club well.
“But what I would point out, regardless of what people say, Steve Bruce ate, slept and drank every minute of his life for the football club over the last two-and-a-half years. That made it even harder.
“He’s not the callous manager, who ‘has CV, will travel’. He’s a lot deeper.
“But we’ve got a new beginning now, that’s football and we all eagerly await Martin O’Neill’s work.”