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Wigan chairman Whelan delighted to finally land Bruce

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has expressed his delight after confirming the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager.

Whelan announced at the start of the week that Bruce would be taking charge at The JJB Stadium after leaving his post at Birmingham.

The deal was then held up due to a financial issue between Bruce and Birmingham, but he has now put pen-to-paper and will officially become manager on Monday.

Whelan told Sky Sports News: "It's been a long week but strangely enough it's my birthday today and I've captured Steve Bruce.

"Steve had been made a payment up front by (Birmingham managing director) Karren Brady and she'd forgotten about it and Steve had forgotten about it.

"All the papers were ready to sign on Wednesday when Karren remembered that she had paid Steve this money and she'd already signed a clearance form saying the £3million covered all aspects of the transfer.

"It was a genuine mistake but it took the solicitors quite a while to resolve things.

"So Steve has paid the money back. He's happy, Karren's happy and I'm delighted."

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