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Sullivan defends Birmingham decision to release Bruce

Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan has defended their decision to allow Steve Bruce to join Wigan Athletic yesterday.

Bruce has agreed a £2million-a-year deal to link up with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, while Birmingham No 2 Eric Black is expected to quit within the next fortnight as Sullivan and his board begin the search for a new boss.

"We priced Steve out of a move to Newcastle three years ago," he said. "In his contract there is a £7m compensation clause. The reality is that I don't know whether anyone would pay that.

"However, when we were approached by Dave Whelan, we felt - because we are nice people - that it would be morally wrong to stand in Steve's way again. We could have insisted on the £7m. But we have instead allowed him to leave for £3m.

"We could not foresee the effect that refusing him a chance to leave would have. We could quite easily have had a soured manager on our hands. In our position, that would have been courting disaster.

"Steve did a good job here. And he was well rewarded for it, contrary to what has been said in some quarters."

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