Steve Bruce has been pre-sacked by Stoke City before being offered the position, the Championship club confirmed today. The 60 year-old appears on the verge of losing his current job with strugglers Newcastle UTD.


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“I respect Stoke’s decision,” Bruce told Soccer on Sunday. “It would have been nice to be offered the job before being sacked, but I guess this saves time for everyone. I’d like to thank everybody at Stoke — the staff, the players. I’ve never met any of them, but it’s a wonderful club with a rich history.”

“It was an honour to not manage Stoke,” said the former UTD defender. “Sir Alex, Arsène, Pep — some of the greats haven’t managed them. So I’m in good company.”

“What?” added Bruce. “I’ve just been pre-sacked by Coventry City? Ok. I’d like to thank everybody at Coventry City.”