Bruce: I won't quit
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce says he has no intentions of quitting the Premiership strugglers.
The Midlands outfit are currently six points from safety after enduring a nightmare campaign to date, and Bruce is under pressure to turn results around at St Andrews.
The former Manchester United defender also had to suffer Nicky Butt's tantrums after being left out of the squad to face Newcastle, although Bruce insists the growing pressure is not getting to him.
The Blues boss has stated categorically that he will not leave his post early, and will strive to do all he can to steer his side away from the drop.
"I'm absolutely determined to see this through," said Bruce. "Hopefully we'll survive and then we can bounce the club on again.
"I don't intend doing what Gary Megson has done this week at Forest.
"Graeme Souness copped it at Newcastle and two weeks ago it was Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough who was under the cosh.
"It's something I've got to deal with, I have to remain positive. I have to make sure it doesn't get to me.
"I've no doubt that I'm going to pull this around, I still think I am the right man for the job."
Meanwhile Bruce's son Alex has spoken of the pros and cons of having his father as his manager at St Andrews.
The youngster was thrown into the spotlight as he assumed a holding role against The Hammers in Butt's absence, and Bruce jr says there are both positive and negative aspects of having a famous name in football.
"There will always be people who want to say things because I play for my dad's team," said Bruce.
"When I was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and we played at Huddersfield I was getting serious stick every time I touched the ball.
"But if you go into anything with a negative attitude you are going to fail, think positive and I don't think you will come too unstuck.
"It's always nice to have a member of your family who has been there and done it.
"My dad has and over the years when I have needed advice he has been there and helped me.
"We are very similar players, he always gave 110 percent whenever he pulled on a jersey and I like to think I do the same."