Birmingham manager Bruce fearing the worst

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London, Oct 8: Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce fears for his job if the prospective takeover by Chinese businessman Carson Yeung goes through.

Bruce, one of the longest-serving managers in the Premier League having taken over in 2001, has been offered a new contract by the current board but after defeat by Blackburn Rovers yesterday said he did not know where he stood.

''I'm disappointed because I agreed something four or five months ago and (chairman) Mr Sullivan to be fair to him agreed that and tried to make it go through,'' Bruce told City's Web site (

''But at the moment it doesn't look like it's going to so I accept that. I'm very disappointed about it.

''The new regime have come back negatively on it so we'll see what develops over the newxt few months. I'm always aware that a new broom might want to sweep clean and I understand that.'' Birmingham are 13th in the Premier League with eight points from nine games.

The 47-year-old Yeung, based in Hong Kong, became the club's biggest shareholder in August when he acquired a 30 per cent stake through investment firm Grandtop for 30.5 million dollars.

At the time he said he was happy with the management structure.


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