Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder feels it’s hard to find a more respected guy in the game than West Brom manager Steve.

Both teams are scheduled to begin the 2022-23 Championship campaign on Saturday July 30 at Riverside Stadium.

Wilder, was quoted in a report by the Northern Echo where he praised the 61-year-old who has already managed over 1,000 games.

“I’ve always recorded what Steve (Bruce) achieved as a player and as a manager,” Wilder said. “Fantastic playing career. I would love to have his career. Fantastic managerial career as well.

“He knows his way. There is noise and nonsense outside the game, but there is noise inside the game and I think you will go a long way to find a guy more respected than Steve Bruce. He’s a top guy.

“He wants to win. I don’t think he went to West Brom not to win or get out of the division. We talk about the parachute payments and the size of the club.

“West Brom should be at the top of the division and push their way out. He arrived last year in a difficult period. As I knew, it is quite difficult to suddenly get started.

“With a full pre-season, the players he’s brought in and the players they have to go up to the Premier League and retain the majority, Diangana, John Swift, Callum Robinson. They have a manager who won promotion off of this division, so a really tough first game.

Big season ahead

Bruce has a reputation for promoting teams and he will also have a similar expected role at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies had a mixed season in 2021-22, finishing 10e in the Championship and the fans are hoping for a much better outing in the season from today.

On a personal level, Bruce will take this job even more seriously given the way he was treated during his time at Newcastle United.

Since joining the club in February earlier this year, the 61-year-old has failed to improve results significantly as, under his stewardship, West Brom have only managed to win six matches out of the 17 disputed with four defeats and seven draws. .

Having made some crucial signings already in the transfer window, now is the time for Bruce to show his experience and ensure the club will be in the mix for promotion to the top tier of English football.

In other West Brom news, Chris Lepkowski had scathing comments for Albion fans after the friendly against Hertha Berlin but later deleted his post.

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