Monday 16th October.
Finally the news has broken. Steve Bruce has left Huddersfield
Town by mutual consent. Mutual consent must be a euphemism for being
sacked but the result is the same, Lou Macari is in temporary charge
for tomorrow night’s visit to Bramall Lane. John Deehan is still
at the club despite being joined at the hip to Bruce, and I feel
that the sooner he is given the big E the better. I don’t know how
much it cost to get rid of Bruce but the transfer embargo has to
be lifted for the new manager whoever he may be, and it is vital
that we get someone in who brings some passion back into the performances
of the players.
Following the unusual events after the Grimsby game I felt sure
that something was going to happen, and spent much of the day trying
to log onto the HTAFC website. Strangely, I just couldn’t get access
to it until suddenly in mid afternoon there it was with the following
statement issued at 3.20 p.m.
Huddersfield Town Football club today
parted company with manager Steve Bruce. After talks held this morning
between Bruce and Huddersfield Town chairman Barry Rubery it was
agreed that Bruce would depart by mutual consent. Rubery said: “We
have mutually agreed that it is in both the Club's and Steve's best
interest that this amicable agreement has been reached.” Bruce will
end his employment with the club with immediate effect and Reserve
Team manager Lou Macari will take over in a caretaker capacity.
He will also take responsibility for team training and selection
for Tuesday's night's Nationwide League first division fixture at
Great players don’t always automatically make great managers,
and unfortunately Steve Bruce may fall into the category of top
class players who flirt with club management and fail or fade away.
I feel a little sorry for Bruce who must have expected to have more
funds available this season, and might be the victim of Barry Rubery’s
cold feet, but he was clearly failing to get the best out of his
squad. Hopefully Macari with his greater experience will be able
to kick-start the players into actually earning the high wages they