Bruce was named the new Sheffield Wednesday manager yesterday afternoon.
Three former Sheffield Wednesday players are among those reacting to Steve Bruce’s Hillsborough appointment on Twitter.
The 58-year-old was hired as Jos Luhukay’s successor on Wednesday, but does not officially start work until February 1 – with Steve Agnew replacing Lee Bullen as the Owls’ caretaker manager until then.
Wednesday are Bruce’s 10th club in little more than 20 years in management, in which time he has coached hundreds of footballers.
And each of Chris Kirkland, Clinton Morrison and Alex Bruce – who is the new Owls boss’s son – know what life is like as a Bruce Snr player.
The trio tweeted:
So happy to see my friend and old boss Steve Bruce get the managers job at @swfc he is a top manager and Sheffield wed is a massive club hopefully he can bring the good times back to the club I played for them and it is a brilliant club with good fans and good people— Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) January 2, 2019
Funny old game and how things work out. I know from my own experience at Hillsborough back in 2004-05 Dad has joined a great club with fantastic support let’s hope he can now bring success and get the club back in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/ePopakY65v— Alex Bruce (@AlexBruce84) January 2, 2019
One of Bruce’s old chairmen, the former Crystal Palace chief Simon Jordan, has also backed Sheffield Wednesday’s decision, telling Talksport yesterday: “I always wish him well. I spoke to him about two or three weeks ago and he wanted to have a little break – go to the Bahamas. But Sheffield Wednesday was in the air then.
“It’s an interesting one – if anyone can shake them up and get them going it’ll be Brucey.”
Wednesday were spiralling towards the bottom three at the time of Luhukay’s departure by mutual consent, but have won two and drawn two or their four games since then.
Bruce led Aston Villa to last season’s Championship play-off final and has won promotions at Birmingham City and Hull City (both twice).