A new dawn. It was my 28th birthday yesterday and today is the final game of the season. I awoke full of hope and positivity this morning and I wanted reinforcement.
Bruce has been promoted loads, he's been in the line for the England job and he's well regarded. This must have just been a bad season in his career.
So, instilled with my new found sunshine, I sought proof. I hit Google to check out his Hull and Sunderland tactics and style, what the fans thought of him and his football.
I wish I hadn't. At times I was convinced I was reading an article about this season. He may have been promoted a lot, but it's not pretty.
His code consistency is striking though. Articles at all clubs and amongst all fan bases strike a similar message. No style of play, questionable tactics and archaic. He once even said "I don't do tactics". Something he seems to have proven.
Did you know he's never actually won anything? Play offs aside, he hasn't taken a league title or cup.
So what is he? Is he good? 4 promotions is not to be sniffed at but.. He's managed in the second tier almost all of his managerial career. That's 20 years.
So is he the promotion expert, or has he just been around longer than all the others. Enough to sneak into the play offs a couple of times.
From what I've read and seen, we need to part ways. Yes, he's had 4 promotions, but he's been here longer than anyone else. You're more likely to pot the black, if you have 15 more goes than the competition.