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Crystal Palace boss Steve Bruce
"The club needs stability, a bit like I need it"
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Palace chairman Simon Jordan
"He's professional, committed and disciplined"
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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Bruce takes up Palace post
Steve Bruce has quit after short stay at Wigan
Steve Bruce has quit after short stay at Wigan
Steve Bruce has been confirmed as the new manager of First Division Crystal Palace - and handed a 10m transfer fund.

The former Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town boss has signed a three-year deal with Palace.

Bruce walked out on Second Division Wigan earlier in the week after being offered the managerial reigns at Selhurst Park.

He revealed he had turned down other offers and said: ""The chairman is a Crystal Palace fan and he wants this club in the Premiership, and that rubs off when you meet him.

"That's why I'm here and I hope I can bring him that success. I've been in the First Division for the past four years or so, so I know most of the Palace players.

"We have the nucleus of a good squad and when you look at the squad they underachieved last season. I hope that with the players we've got we can get into the play-off positions next season.

"This is the start of a new chapter for all of us. When I took over the Wigan job I said I would talk to them at the end of the season and that's what I did.

"I had three or four other opportunities to go into management but I wanted to be a part of what's happening at Crystal Palace. With ten managers in eight years, this club needs stability."

And delighted Palace chairman Simon Jordan said: "I believe Steve Bruce has gained great experience taking two clubs to the cusp of the first division on limited funds.

"He's proved as a player he's a winner and I'm hoping he can bring that attitude to this club.

Steve Bruce
Bruce barely got his feet under the table at Wigan
"I've spent the last four weeks deciding on who should take over because I wanted to make sure it was the right way to take the club forward.

"I've spoken to a lot of people in the game and even went to Bobby Robson for advice.

"I believe we have the ingredients and what we will be serving up will be very tasty. I believe Steve will take the club into an exciting stage of or evolution."

Palace sacked Alan Smith towards the end of last season, putting Steve Kember in temporary charge and he guided them out of the relegation zone with a final-day win at Stockport.

See also:

04 Apr 01 |  Wigan Athletic
Wigan appoint Bruce
31 May 01 |  Eng Div 1
Steve Bruce in focus
06 Mar 01 |  Huddersfield Town
Bruce accused of 'wasting' 3m
21 Feb 01 |  QPR
QPR suffer Bruce snub
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