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Bruce’s Wigan preview: Boss – Silent treatment with son till full-time

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Bruce’s Wigan preview: Boss – Silent treatment with son till full-time

Steve Bruce says Mrs Bruce will be taking a diplomatic approach as he prepares to go head-to-head with son Alex’s Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium today. 

Defender Alex joined Wigan on loan from Hull City in January following a lengthy injury absence.

Although yet to make an appearance for the Latics, the 32-year-old made the matchday squad in their match against Birmingham City.  

The proud Villa boss speaks glowingly when discussing his son’s career, which spans over 13 years. 

Both experienced professionals keen to focus on their respective tasks in hand, the manager says it could be a case of split loyalties for his wife. 

He said: “The bond between mothers and sons is something that we should not get in the way of! 

He told me on Thursday: “I will see you on Saturday night, Dad.” That means: “I am not speaking to you before the game”. Bruce on son Alex
“She’ll be wanting Alex to do well, I’m sure - and wanting me to get the result, I think! 

“He’s been in football a long time but he’s had a horrific injury over the last 10 months. 

“He played for me for the best part of four years. He played for Ipswich for four years, Leeds for two years. He’s had a good career. 

“If he’s involved today, which he could be, then it’ll be an interesting Saturday night, shall we say.

“He’s 33 now, which I can’t believe. Myself and his Mum are very proud of him. He’s had a very decent career. He’s played over 350 times in the Championship. 

“He’s your boy and you want him to do well. It’s one of these occasions where it’s a no-win. We both handle it with a maturity. 

“We will blank each other for sure. He told me on Thursday: “I will see you on Saturday night, Dad.” That means: “I am not speaking to you before the game”. 

BruceForestPreviewMainThe claret and blues take on a Wigan side desperate for precious points to help ease their relegation worries.

And the manager is anticipating a testing encounter at one of his former stomping grounds. 

He added: “It won’t be easy.  

“It’s always a difficult place to play, especially with another manager in place. 

“He’ll want to put his stamp on it. I’m sure he’ll try something different. 

“You feel for Joycey, he’s a young lad who has been thrown in and has lost his job. 

“And now an experienced assistant manager in Graham Barrow has come through. 

“I’m convinced he’ll change something and they’ll be looking for an instant reward. It will be difficult. 

“Like at Rotherham, it will be hard and we’ll have to tough it out because the one thing they are is genuine, honest, hardworking. 

“They’ve found it tough this season but in terms of honesty, I saw them a few weeks ago against Norwich and they were right up for it.

“As usual, in the Championship, you must roll up your sleeves.”

Emily Liles
By @emily_liles 18th March 2017
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