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Sunderland boss Bruce explains changing Keane squad

Steve Bruce has detailed how he built Sunderland's successful team last season.

Bruce paid tribute to his former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane - who restored the club to the top flight - but explained that the squad Keane left needed to be trimmed to fit in with his vision of how to move the club forward.

"From the start, I was mindful that just two years previously Sunderland had just got out of the Championship," he told SAFC-TV.

"There has to be a big compliment paid to Roy in that respect because he brought the club up and kept it in the Premier League.

"In doing that, for me the squad got a bit too big. We had to do some severe pruning and take big decisions.

"That's what management's about - putting your own stamp on the club and the team."

He added: "I thought as soon as I walked through the door that we needed to strengthen right down the spine of the team.

"You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to work that one out and it resulted in the signings of Darren, Mensah, Turner, Cana and Cattermole.

"Thankfully they've all had good starts to their Sunderland careers."

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