"It was quite remarkable" - Steve Bruce describes moment that encouraged him to take charge at Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has said that the club’s showing at the 2016 play-off final was a big part of his decision to join the club.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 2:38 pm
Updated Monday, 1st July 2019, 3:40 pm

Bruce, who was in charge of the Hull City side that beat Wednesday that day, said that memories of the atmosphere created by the Owl’s fan base stayed with him, and that it was a ‘deciding factor’ in his signing earlier this year.

Speaking at the ‘Owls in the Park’ event that attracted around 15,000 Wednesdayites yesterday, he said: “A few years ago, when unfortunately we lost to Hull, the support that day was quite remarkable, and when you can see it now, it’s the making of a bigger club.

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce

“To be a big club you need big support, and for that we are extremely grateful. If you don’t have that support you’re not a big club.

“We have that huge support and hopefully we can give them what they want, which is a crack at the big league. That’s got to be our aim – when you’re a big club like us, that has to be on the agenda.”

The first team squad travel to Portugal today for some warm weather pre-season training.