Steve Bruce Linked With South Korea National Teamby Jack Kitson / 21 December 2011, 14:48
Former Sunderland managerSteve Bruce has been linked with the vacant South Korean national post. Bruce, who was recently sacked by Sunderland following a disappointing start to the season, is reportedly keen for a new challenge and is expected to travel to Seoul to discuss the position in the New Year. The 50-year-old has a wealth of experience at club level having managed the likes of Sunderland, Birmingham and Wigan, however, this would be his first step into the international arena. The move is certainly a tempting one, especially considering the £640,000 a year salary.
Bruce is currently out of work having been axed by Sunderland at the end of November. Expectations were high in Wearside at the beginning of the campaign after Bruce had splashed the cash in the summer. However, less than four months into the new season it was evident that the team were struggling to mould together and fingers ultimately were pointed at Bruce. The fans eventually lost faith and Chairman Ellis Short decided a change was needed and thus Bruce became the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season.
The alternative for Bruce would be to wait for either a Premier League or Championship vacancy to open up. Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is currently under immense pressure and Bruce has been one of the potential replacements in the Next Blackburn Rovers Manager Betting should Kean be sacked.