Martinez defends departed Bruce

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes Steve Bruce should have been given more time at Sunderland.

Bruce has now paid the price for the Black Cats' poor start to the campaign, becoming the first Barclays Premier League manager to lose his job this season. He recruited 10 new players for the Wearside outfit over the summer but has seen them win just two of their 13 league fixtures to date this term.

The 2-1 home defeat against Wigan - the club he left for the Stadium of Light in 2009 - on Saturday proved to be the 50-year-old's final game in charge, and asked if he was surprised by Bruce's departure from Sunderland, Martinez said: "Yes, I was, because there had been a big turnaround there in the summer."

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