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Steve Bruce names which Championship side has impressed him the most this season

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has named which Championship side has impressed him the most so far this season.

The Owls boss was asked the question on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT last week and stated Norwich City but also had something to say on Leeds United.

Steve Evans, a former Canaries player, said on talkSPORT: “Norwich have come from nowhere and they have put together a really decent side.

“It has been interesting to see all the stuff Leeds and Bielsa, and what he has been able to achieve.

“If you look at the top end now, there are a few teams now with a right go, but I think out of them all, Norwich have been the one.

“The way they play, and the way they have transformed themselves really because they were in a bit of transformation and all of a sudden they have put a very, very decent team together and they look very, very good.”

 

Two weeks ago, Steve Bruce had to come out and defend himself for his delayed start to the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s job following criticism from pundits Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy.

At the beginning of January, he was appointed to replace Jos Luhukay but got the Championship side’s blessing to have a break before taking up the role.

Murphy said: “I think the main thing is he’s making a rod for his own back.

“The club has to take some blame for allowing him to say ‘I’ll take it, but not until then’. They’ve facilitated that, which is wrong.

“If he starts poor do you not think the Sheffield Wednesday fans are going to bring this up? He’s sunning himself, watching the cricket for some reason, it’s not something any manager I’ve played under would have done.”

That then made Steve Bruce’s son Alex respond on Twitter to the what they had to say.

He wrote: “Maybe if Ruud and Danny had been managing since 1998, lost a father, a mother, a job, had health issues of his own to to cope with all in the space of around six months they and others would understand why he needed a short break from football.”

Before Steve Bruce himself said to the Telegraph: “I have had two operations and I’ve been recovering in Barbados.

“I did not hide anything from Sheffield Wednesday and they were perfectly happy with the plan. It was done with their full support.

“I wouldn’t have taken the job if they were not aware of the situation and what I needed to have done. I was completely open and honest with them when we talked about me taking the job.

“It is extremely disappointing that people have tried to make something negative out of it.

“People also have to realise that I had an extremely tough year in 2018, losing both my parents and I’d promised those close to me that I’d take a break. It took a lot out of me emotionally, it really did, and this is something I needed to do.”

Sheffield Wednesday fans took to social media after finding out what Danny Murphy had to say and it’s fair to say they reacted strong to his comments – take a look at those angry tweets on the next page.

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