Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has insisted that he will not quit his post at the Stadium of Light despite being showered with abuse by his team’s own supporters following a 2-1 defeat by fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic.
Black Cats fans targeted the Tyneside-born boss in the dying moments of the home defeat but Bruce has maintained that he will not be forced out of the club by his detractors.
When asked in his post-match press conference if he had considered his position, Bruce said: “
"No, not at all. I have never given up on anything. My intention is not to walk away or quit. That is certainly not in my nature. There is something in me that means I will try to turn it round.
"What the fans are singing borders on abuse but I can’t help where I was born and when it gets like it is it is disappointing to hear but I am a resilient so-and-so and I have had stick all my life."
He continued: “In terms of staying with it and sticking at it certainly I am more determined than ever to see it through because we are not that far away. We just have to convert the chances we are creating. I am determined to see it through and try to go work on Monday and make sure we prepare as best we can for Wolves next week.”
"If it was a lack of effort or the players weren’t bothered or they weren’t playing for their shirt and there was an idleness about them then I could understand. I still think we have got a decent group of players who can turn it round.
"Of course patience in football does not last very long so as far as my future is concerned that is up to others. But I have no intention of walking away - that is not in my character.
"Certainly I understand the fans’ frustration. It is difficult because it transcends [sic] on to the pitch. I can’t help where I was born. I have to live with that but certainly when you are up against it like we are you have to stick together and try to see it through and turn it round if possible. But we haven’t had enough victories to appease the public. As a manager winning over your home supporters is your priority."
The former Manchester United defender lamented his team’s shortcomings in defence and attack but accepted the blame for the defeat.
"Too often I have sat here and gone over the same sort of thing," Bruce said. "I feel frustration more than anything because we missed eight chances and that has become our Achilles heel. I have just analysed the game and it should have been put to bed but what has been a frustrating game has turned into a horror one.
"The performance was not that bad. We gave away a horrible goal at the end. Wes Brown has been our best player this year but we gave away an awful goal and it catapulted into a horror show. But we are judged by results but unfortunately our results at the Stadium of Light have not been good enough."
Bruce refused to blame referee Kevin Friend for awarding a dubious penalty after Seb Larsson upended Victor Moses for Wigan’s equaliser that deepened Sunderland’s relegation worries.
"I have seen it five times and it certainly wasn’t a penalty but it is not the time to make excuses after today because that would be wrong," Bruce continued.
"I have to take responsibility. I have brought the vast majority of players here. I still believe in them and that they are a decent bunch and they will have to stick with it now. It is difficult but we have all been through difficult times none more so than at this moment but we will stay with it.
"We went a bit gung-ho towards the end and that cost us. We keep making the same mistakes in that we keep creating chances but keep missing them and if you keep doing that and fail to take your fair share of chances then unfortunately you are going to keep having afternoons like this.
"The referee has made a bad decision because it is not a penalty. From where I was looking it seemed harsh and that got them back into it and then of course there is anxiety that transcends [sic] itself onto the pitch. We went gung-ho but we still did enough to have scored and made the game safe."