Thanks for acknowledging earlier that you ‘did not have all of the information’ whilst discussing Steve Bruce’s delayed start as Sheffield Wednesday manager on the BBC this weekend. You were spot on with that.
Even though, as a paid pundit, you have a duty to educate yourself on such topics before you discuss them to a large television audience, I will let you off. We all slip up from time to time.
However, nearly 48 hours after that initial oversight, it appears some crucial details have continued to elude you.
Close to 6,000 Wednesdayites congregated at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground on Sunday. You would have encountered several of those, surely, both before and after your shift took place – the perfect chance, you might say, to gauge their thoughts (as the only people aside from Bruce and those who appointed him whose opinions are actually relevant) on the matter.
Man, woman or child. Those whose first loves were Tony Kay, David Hirst or Barry Bannan. I guarantee that, had you collared any one of the above, you would have received the same response – one of support for our incoming boss.
Clearly, you cannot have done. Nor have you, seemingly, sought them out since.
Instead, by suggesting today that Bruce’s Sheffield United past – a barely memorable year-long spell two decades ago – could work against him at Hillsborough, you drifted even wider of the mark. We simply do not care.
And as for the assumption (FAO: Your Talksport colleague, Jim White) that Bruce’s whereabouts would have been a hot topic amongst the Wednesday fans upon leaving Stamford Bridge – why would a defeat that was thoroughly expected, against a club that is light-years ahead of ours, alter our perception?
That relegation scrap you mention? Try 17th place with a 12-point cushion on the bottom three. A quick bit of research would show you that – along with the fact that we have lost just one of our other eight matches without a permanent manager.
We were already in safe hands.
I don’t recall Bruce’s name being discussed in anything other than a positive light as I made my way out of the Bovril Gate and headed right, down the Fulham Road.
It is only those removed from Sheffield Wednesday that appear to have the issue.
“I gave an answer without all the information and that’s my fault.”
“I would never want to belittle anybody’s grief or stress.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) 29 January 2019