Bruce admits he nearly quit management after time at Sheffield United

Steve Bruce admits he was so scarred by spell in charge of Sheffield United that he almost QUIT management

  • Steve Bruce will take his Newcastle side to play Sheffield United on Thursday
  • He quit his job with the Blades 20 years ago after just one season in charge 
  • Bruce was considering taking a broadcasting job with Sky at the time  
  • Chris Wilder played under Bruce and they occasionally call each other for advice

Steve Bruce says he was so scarred by his time in charge of Sheffield United that he considered quitting management for good.

That was 20 years ago when Bruce, in his first job, quit the Blades after just one season amid turmoil in the club’s boardroom.

The Newcastle boss returns to Bramall Lane this evening, and he revealed: ‘There was a nice offer from Sky and I thought that was the management thing done for me.

Steve Bruce was so scarred by his time at Sheffield United that he almost left management 

‘I was very close to taking it. I thought, “Is this (management) really what I want to do? Do I want to put myself in that situation?”.

‘To give you an example of how difficult it was, I remember Dean Saunders came whistling down the corridor with his bags an hour before we were leaving on the coach to play Bristol City.

‘He said, “Has no-one told you? I signed for Benfica 20 minutes ago”. I knew nothing about it. I didn’t even know who to call to rant and rave.. I could never get an answer.’

Bruce then experienced an equally unhappy time at Huddersfield, and recalls: ‘For the first time in my life I became a bit reclusive. I never really went out of the house. Thankfully I was doing my house up. I would do a bit of labouring and get the sausage and chips for the lads. I was just Billy normal and saved myself 50 quid a day in the labourer’s fees!’

Bruce is preparing to take his Newcastle side to Bramall Lane on Thursday night

Blades boss Chris Wilder was a player under Bruce two decades ago and he called his old manager for some advice this summer.

But Bruce, whose side are five places below Thursday’s opponents, said: ‘He was seeking my advice over one or two things and before I knew it, I was seeking advice off him!

‘But I’m delighted for him now, it’s a remarkable story. Very skilfully he’s got them like him – they’re up and at you, they’re tough, resilient and hard-working.

‘I saw enough of them last year in the Championship to realise they’re a very good side. He’s been very cute in what he’s done with transfers.’

Bruce turned down a chance for a career in the media to continue in management 

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