By Azeem Siddiqui

30th Jul, 2022 | 2:20pm

Chris Wilder heaps praise on ‘top guy’ West Brom manager Steve Bruce

Middlesbrough coach Chris Wilder believes that it is hard to find a more respected guy  in the game than West Brom manager Steve.

Both sides are set to begin the Championship 2022-23 campaign on Saturday, July 30, at the Riverside Stadium.

Wilder, was quoted in a report by the Northern Echo where he heaped praise on the 61-year-old who has already managed more than 1,000 games.  

“I’ve always gone on record in terms of what Steve (Bruce) has achieved as a player and as a manager as well” said Wilder. “Fantastic career as a player. I wish I had his career. Fantastic career as a manager as well.

“He knows his way around. There is noise and nonsense outside the game but there is noise inside the game and I think you will go a long way to find a more respected guy than Steve Bruce. He’s a top guy.

“He wants to win. I don’t think he’s gone to West Brom not to win or get out of the division. We talk about the parachute payments and size of club.

“West Brom should be at the top of the division pushing to get out of it. He came in last year in a difficult period. As I knew, it’s quite difficult to all of a sudden get yourself going.

“With a full pre-season, the players he’s brought in and the players they’ve got from getting up to the Premier League and retaining the majority, Diangana, John Swift, Callum Robinson. They’ve got a manager whose won promotion out of this division so real tough first game.”

Big Season Ahead

Bruce has a reputation of getting the sides promoted and he will have a similar role expected at the Hawthorns as well.

The Baggies had a mixed season in 2021-22, finishing 10th in the Championship and the fans will be hoping for a much better outing in the season starting from today.

On a personal level, Bruce will take this job even more seriously considering how badly he was treated during his time at Newcastle United.

Ever since joining the club in February earlier this year, the 61-year-old has not managed to improve the results significantly as, under his management, West Brom only managed to win six matches out of the 17 played with four defeats and seven draws.

After making some crucial signings already in the transfer window, it is now time for Bruce to showcase his experience and ensure that the club will be in the mix to be promoted back to the top-tier in English football.

In other West Brom news, Chris Lepkowski had some scathing comments for Albion fans after the friendly against Hertha Berlin but then deleted his message.