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Bruce blames 'hatred' for axe

April 5, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Steve Bruce believes the "absolute hatred" surrounding North East football cost him his job with Sunderland.

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Bruce, a childhood Newcastle United fan, was appointed Sunderland manager in the summer of 2009, but was dismissed in November last year with the team lying 16th in the Premier League despite significant investment in the squad.

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