Steve Bruce believes ‘impatient’ Sunderland fans played a big role in him being sacked

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Steve Bruce reckons Sunderland’s “impatient” fans got him sacked at the Stadium of Light.

Despite winning only two of his opening 13 Barclays Premier League games with the Black Cats before being fired and replaced by Martin O’Neill, he felt he deserved more time.

‘It is never easy when you get the sack, especially when it’s a public sacking of course,’ Bruce told Sky Sports.

“It is unfortunate the way it went and I am disappointed we didn’t get a bit longer, but all managers are going to say that I suppose.

“We finished 10th last year, which was a decent finish for them and we made many, many changes.

“With changes you need time, and unfortunately it didn’t go our way and the crowd got impatient and we know the way football is, that is the disappointing thing.

“But you have to accept it. If you are going to be in the Premier League and manage there you have to accept that unfortunately things like that happen.

“It’s difficult, but you just dust yourself down and go again.”

Bruce was in Dubai watching the first day of England’s first Test with Pakistan.

And he seems in little hurry to get back into management.

He added: “I am just going to recharge the batteries and see what comes up and have a break from it and see what appears on the horizon.”