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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on Ehiogu, Blues, Agbonlahor and Redknapp

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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on Ehiogu, Blues, Agbonlahor and Redknapp

Steve Bruce spoke to the press ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Birmingham City. 

Check out his views on a host of topics below. 

On the passing of Ugo Ehiogu…

I think Big Ron brought him here for a very small amount of money and he ended up playing over 300 times in nearly 10 years. 

I’m as shocked as everybody else. And of course, your thoughts go immediately to his family because 44 years old is no age, we’re all devastated by the news. 

He was a big, huge, colossus of a man - a typical centre-back who took no nonsense. Bruce on Ehiogu
Certainly it’s rocked everybody here at the training ground because it’s so unexpected. 

I played against him many times. He was a big, huge, colossus of a man - a typical centre-back who took no nonsense. 

He was a very, very good player and from what I can gather, despite never having had the privilege of meeting him, I’m told he was a really decent human being. 

We’re all saddened and shocked by it. 

It’s dreadful news and it puts a game of football into perspective. 

On the minute’s applause set to take place before the game…

I know, 100%, it’ll be respected by the Birmingham fans. 

There’s a rivalry and a bitterness, of course, because of the huge rivalry the two clubs have got. 

In all this, all football fans will show their respect to a really good player. 

Whether you’re claret and blue or a blue, it doesn’t make any different on occasions like this. 

It’s to mark the respect of a really good lad.

On Jonathan Kodjia’s reduced ban…

Rightly so. It’s a shame he misses the big derby game because we’d all love to have him playing. 

However, he is available for our last two games of the season which is good for us and right because I did think it was harsh. 

It was pretty obvious there wasn’t any real malice. 

For me it was a yellow card for both and they should have just got on with the game. 

We’ll have him for the last two. It’s a pity he’s not available for the weekend. 

On Gabby Agbonlahor’s derby record…

He was in the training ground at 8.20am this morning so that tells you something. 

We hope he’s fit. We know his record in the derby.

It’s a shame for Gabby because just when he got himself into some sort of physical nick he did his hamstring. 

Up until then he was doing very well again which was very good to see. 

On Harry Redknapp’s appointment as Blues boss… 

He’s a wonderfully experienced man. 

He’ll try and breed a bit of confidence into them. 

I’ve known him for a long, long time – he’s highly respected and a very, very good manager.

Even at 70 he’s still got that enthusiasm which never leaves you. 

It’s good to see him back and it certainly adds a bit of spice to it. 

BrucePreBluesMainWeb2On being wary of the new manager bounce…

That’s something they’re obviously hoping for. 

They’ll need that bounce because it looks as if they need a win out of three games. 

You couldn’t get a more experienced manager assisted by Steve Cotterill who has been around the block a bit as well. 

I’m sure they’ll be breeding drive and confidence into them because they’ve been on a tough run as we know. 

We’ve got to focus on what we do and the game coming up. 

It should be mouth-watering because there’s something to play for. 

On Jack Grealish…. 

I’m sure he’s itching to be involved. 

I’m sure Gary Gardner is too and the rest of our local lads. It’s such a big occasion. 

I want Blues to stay up but I want to beat them this weekend. That’s the nature of football. Bruce on Blues
On the need for a strong referee….

It’s vitally important that he does his job well. It is going to be ferocious. 

What we don’t want is anything silly. 

We don’t want him making snap decisions like the referee did last week and spoil the occasion. 

He has to be strong with it. I’m sure he’ll handle the job.

On needing a win for the Villa fans… 

My allegiance now is, of course, with the club who employ me. 

I will be desperate to try and turn them over, just as I would be if I was in the opposing dugout. 

We’ve got to do a job and be professional.  

I want Blues to stay up but I want to beat them this weekend. That’s the nature of football. 

In the big games, big occasions you want to win. 

It’s a big occasion, make no mistake and I’m desperate to win it. 


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By @AVFCOfficial 21st April 2017
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