Steve Bruce remains defiant

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has stated that he won’t quit his post, despite being lambasted by his own fans in the side’s 2-1 home defeat to Wigan on Saturday.

The loss sees The Black Cats in 16th place and only two points above the relegation zone, in what has been a poor start to the season for the Wearside club.

Despite being singled out for abuse by the Stadium of Light faithful, Bruce will not walk away from the club.

“If I thought that by me going, it would help everybody, then I would consider it. But I don’t think that right now. I just want to get it right,” he told Mirror Football.

“Whatever abuse is thrown at me, I would never walk away – never. It’s not in my nature at all.

“But if I thought it would help, then I would certainly have a think about that,” he stated.

Part of the Sunderland fans’ grievances were the fact that Bruce was born in the Newcastle area, and the coach admits that the chants were the worst they have been in his time in management.

“I cannot help where I was born unfortunately.

“Can I turn the ­relationship around? I don’t know. It’s going to be very, very difficult. Hopefully, it’s bottomed out now. I don’t think it’s ever been as bad as that.

“If the players went out there and I thought they weren’t trying or I’d lost them, then you do start to take a look at the bigger picture. But every one of them did their best in ­difficult circumstances.

“For me, we absolutely battered Wigan, but it doesn’t make any ­difference, we got beat. We are judged on results and unfortunately they have not been good enough. It ended up being a horror show,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight