Saturday 22 October 2016

Steve Bruce: Manchester United deserve criticism after LVG departure

Published 24/05/2016 | 15:31

Steve Bruce feels Louis van Gaal's departure could have been handled better
Steve Bruce feels Louis van Gaal's departure could have been handled better

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes former club Manchester United deserve criticism for the manner in which they sacked Louis van Gaal.

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United announced on Monday van Gaal's turbulent two-year spell in charge had come to an end but his departure had been widely reported shortly after his players had lifted the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

Bruce, who won three Premier League titles and the FA Cup on three occasions during 11 years as a player at Old Trafford, said United's handling of van Gaal and the likely subsequent announcement that Jose Mourinho will succeed him was not befitting of the club.

"Looking back on it I'm sure they'll be disappointed again how it's been handled because that's not great from the club which always sets the highest standards," Bruce told the media before his side's Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

"But then again football is a changing world an the one thing about managers now is we get used to getting the sack unfortunately."

Bruce's former team-mate Ryan Giggs has been offered a role at United but speculation is mounting that he could end his near 29-year association with the club.

"He's obviously got a decision to make," Bruce said. "We don't know really what's gone on behind the scenes do we regarding Ryan.

"But it seems to be there's some role for him, it's up to him whether he accepts that role.

"I think it's been the worst kept secret for a long, long time now that Jose's coming in there and it looks from the outside anyway that the chance was just too good to miss really.

"Let's be fair, if there's a fella like Jose Mourinho available then Manchester United have acted.

"You do feel though in all of that, always when a manager loses his job, whether it's Louis van Gaal or even Jose Mourinho this year then you wonder how crazy the world is."

Bruce is hoping to steer Hull straight back to the Barclays Premier League following relegation last season and secure a fourth promotion as manager.

"I think that's 60 (managers sacked) in a season not finished yet," he added. "If we get beaten on Saturday it might be 61!

"Let's hope not but 60 managers (sacked) and I think only five or six (back) working.

"There's this thing in football where there's a roundabout and that these managers just get back on - they don't.

"The fall-out is pretty horrendous but unfortunately it seems to be common now.

"The lifespan of a manager is 13/14 months, which is ludicrous isn't it?"

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