Bruce stays focused on Cats

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has insisted he has no intention of discussing a previous disagreement with West Ham United co-owner David Gold at the weekend.

The two sides meet at Upton Park in a clash pivotal to the Hammers' survival hopes and when Bruce worked under Gold at Birmingham City, their misunderstanding over a contract led to him departing for Wigan Athletic in acrimonious style back in 2007.

In the lead up to the clash, Gold has spoken highly of his former employee by tipping him to manage Manchester United in the future, but Bruce wants to concentrate on grabbing the win that would all but secure the Black Cats' own Premier League status for another season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said:"What's happened has gone. I don't really want to regurgitate all that stuff. All the niceties will be coming out from all of them because we're playing them.

"I was disappointed – and they know that – the way they ended it and finished. I thought that I deserved better. As far as I'm concerned it's over.

"If West Ham turn us over then we still haven't done enough. If we beat them, we know 41 points in the Premier League means we're secured and that's what we've got to try and do.

"We're on a good run of form just at the right time, I have to say, so we're pleased about that and it's important that we play and we do something away from home – better than we have been doing."

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