This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Steve Bruce is excited to work with some familiar faces again as he returns to the lead with West Brom.
The 61-year-old was appointed the new Baggies boss after the dismissal of Valerien Ismael. The French coach got fired after a bad form, with West Brom only winning one of their last eight matches. Now Bruce has returned to football with the promotion hopes.
The veteran gaffer will work with a number of former players, and admitted that he is impressed with how they have evolved.
In a speech to WBA TV, Bruce said: “I’ve worked with four or five of them, which is pretty bizarre.
“They know what I’m up to, I’m happy to see them all again. It’s been great to see some of their careers.
“One that Connor Townsend for examples is [from] long, long ago. I remember I said well gone to him on the field last year.
“I’m happy to see how he has improved and modeled his career. I look forward to working with them again.”
West Brom is currently in sixth place in the table, and will hope that Bruce can keep them inside the playoffs.
His first match in the lead is on Wednesday night against Sheffield United, who are also pushing to return to the top class.
With Kylian Mbappe reportedly on his way to Real Madrid, we take a look at a long list of Real flops
Carroll is not part of Bruce’s plans in Newcastle
Another player Bruce reunites with is Andy Carroll. The 33-year-old signed for West Brom a few days before Bruce after a successful stint with another Championship team, Reading.
The former Liverpool striker left Newcastle this summer with Bruce at the helm after it became clear he was not part of future plans.
However, Carroll has previously admitted that he wanted to stay with the Magpies, believing he was good enough to perform in Bruce’s squad.
In a speech to The Athletic last September, he said: “I mean, I would be 100 percent there. I could have played more last season, I could play there this season.
“I’m not saying I have to play every week, but I think I still have something to give, to be part of Newcastle or any club. I still have that hunger in me. But the manager takes his decisions.
“That’s what happens in football. He had his ideas and I was not a part of them. ”
READ MORE: Steve Bruce fires back with the claim that Newcastle fans will soon realize they were wrong