Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 99

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BRUCE calls a TRUCE

IX WEEKS of court-enforced silence was broken with a gushing waterfall of words Sfrom Steve Bruce proclaiming his innocence of the charge levelled at him by football ? disloyalty. His decision to walk out on Crystal Palace earlier this season after just 15 matches as manager had seemed shocking, especially as they were top of the First Division, and also because he'd voluntarily departed two other clubs in the past three years as well. There were stages when such a lot was being said and written about me that it wasn't very nice at all." Bruce has a vivid way with words, an essential part of his high ability as a young manager, and his relief at being able to resume his life in soccer is After his messy what in public, but people at the club know what it was." Then came another telling little comment thrown into his conversation about past clubs.

departure from Palace, the new Birmingham boss vows to toe the loyalty line STORY: JIM HOLDEN BIRTHDAY BOYS ON THIS DAY 99

There was also a strong sense on his first day in charge at St Andrews that the seriousness of a situation involving court injunctions and intense footballing passions has hit home. I won't say Wolves V Birmingham Kick-off: Noon ITV Sport Channel, 11.30am LAST CHANCE SALOON: Steve Bruce Picture: TOM SHAW 22nd December 1978, star sign: Capricorn THERE is a bit of the devil in Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris.

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