Bruce celebrated his third promotion to the Barclays Premier League yesterday then took a swipe at former club Sunderland, declaring: "Hopefully, I've proved to a few people that I'm not bad at what I do."
He could not resist a dig at Sunderland owner Ellis Short who sacked him in 2011.
"I took over a team that had avoided relegation on the last day," he said. "We finished 13th in the first year, 10th in the second, balanced the books and then I got the sack after 11 games. Of course it hurt me. I thought I'd get a chance and it didn't happen.
"But then you dust yourself down because you have to work hard for the chance to work at a club like Sunderland, and it's taken away from you. So you have to rebuild yourself and it's tough. Then you have to get ready for a challenge again."