Sunderland have had a slow start to the campaign, picking up only five points from their first five games and being eliminated from the Carling Cup, leading to rumours that Bruce could be sacked.
The Black Cats manager has dismissed the rumblings, stating that he felt the criticism was unwarranted.
“Anybody who’s managed at this level will know that it engulfs you very, very quickly, and here in the north east it does engulf you quicker than anywhere,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The two years previously we’ve done OK, nothing spectacular. We finished 10th, which was the club’s third-highest finish in 55 years.
“Then within two weeks (of the new season), all of a sudden you’ve lost the plot – that’s the way it happens. I thought it was unfair but then again, I would say that.
“The most important for me is to get over it and learn from it, about how quickly things do change up here. But certainly, it’s not going to derail me in my thoughts of exactly what we’re trying to achieve,” he stated.
Sunderland got their first win of the term last weekend, beating Stoke 4-0 at the Stadium of Light, and now take on Norwich at Carrow Road on Monday night.
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