Bruce set for clear-the-air talks with Yeung over manager's job

Last updated at 17:08 25 October 2007

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is to hold talks with the club's prospective new

owner Carson Yeung after Saturday's home Barclays Premier League match with


Bruce has been seeking a face-to-face meeting with the Hong Kong businessman

since he decided not to rubber stamp the manager's new contract which had been

agreed with the current board of directors.

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Steve Bruce

Yeung pulled out of the chance to speak with Bruce last weekend because of

business commitments but is now ready to meet with the City boss who has 20

months remaining of his current contract.

Bruce said: "I am meeting Mr Yeung and his people after the game on Saturday

and we will see what develops but enough has been said publicly. I don't want to

talk about it at every press conference and let's just see how things go."

Bruce has been manager at St Andrews for six years and has spelt out his desire

to remain with the club.

He said: "I've got a good feeling for this place having been here eight years,

if you include the two I had as a player, and I want to see the job through if


"But the most important thing is that the club goes forward and we have seen

the benefit at places like Aston Villa, Manchester City, Manchester United and

Liverpool of overseas investment."

In the immediate future Bruce's main task is for City to turn promising

performances into a tangible reward by picking up a much needed win against the


He said: "We have played well in games and have got compliments from a lot of

people but it is vitally important we get a result. We just need to start

converting chances and we will be okay.

"Wigan, with no disrespect to them, is one of the teams in our part of the

table that we have to target - in the same way as they will be targeting us.

"We have done well so far against teams around us like Sunderland, Bolton and

Derby and in that sense Saturday is another huge game. It is vitally important we pick up three points. "

On-loan Arsenal defender Johan Djourou will have a late fitness test on the

hamstring injury which forced him to miss the single goal defeat at Manchester

City last weekend.

But midfielder Sebastian Larsson has recovered from illness and is likely to

earn a recall.

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