Fanpower will drive Bruce out of Sunderland

HAVING HIS SAY: Former Sunderland AFC footballer Gary Bennett
HAVING HIS SAY: Former Sunderland AFC footballer Gary Bennett

SUNDERLAND legend Gary Bennett fears fan-power has made Steve Bruce’s position untenable and he believes the manager’s departure is now ‘inevitable’.

Bennett witnessed first-hand the abuse thrown Bruce’s way in the wake of Saturday’s defeat against Wigan and believes that that depth of hostility is difficult for anyone to come back from.

Bruce reported for work at the Academy of Light as normal yesterday but Bennett expects that both manager and club will already have begun to consider their options ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wolves.

“Steve Bruce is under incredible pressure and, to be honest, it’s a no-win situation for him,” said former skipper Bennett, now part of the BBC Radio Newcastle commentary team covering the Black Cats.

“I’m sorry to say it but I think it’s inevitable he will go - the question is when and how.

“If he continues and wins a few games, it will take the sting out of it but as soon as he loses a couple on the trot the barracking will be back.

“I was hosting the phone-in after the Wigan game and there was a lot of hostility from the fans.

“With good results he could win some of those fans over, but the problem is that you can never win everyone over.

“And the minority always have the loudest voices.”

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