Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is backing himself to turn things around at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have made a disappointing start to the season, sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone in 16th place after just one win in their opening seven Barclays Premier League fixtures, including a defeat to North East rivals Newcastle United.

An early exit to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Carling Cup hasn't helped matters, and with Niall Quinn stepping down as chairman of the club speculation has started circulating over the future of Bruce on Wearside.

However, owner Ellis Short, who has replace Quinn as chairman, is expected to give Bruce time to turn things around, and the former Birmingham boss is confident in his own ability to get the side moving up the table.

"I hope that people still have faith in me. I know people will be questioning me, of course they are," Bruce told local paper The Northern Echo.

"But I'm a determined, resilient, horrible so-and-so and I will try my utmost to turn it around.


 

"I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I'm not going to put up the white flag now. I knew what it would be like and the challenge is still the same for me - can we get a team together that mount a sustained challenge in the top 10?"

Next up for the Black Cats is a tricky looking trip to struggling Arsenal, before Bruce takes his side to bottom-of-the-table Bolton a week later. Aston Villa are the next visitors to the Stadium of Light at the end of the month.

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