This is not a West Country area for old men

Steve Bruce admitted that West Brom were nowhere near where we should be after Wednesday’s midlands derby defeat to Birmingham City at The Hawthorns. Well at least we can all agree on something. I should add that Steve Bruce shouldn’t be near West Bromwich Albion.

“A single mistake is something you can’t fix,” he moaned. Yes you can, if the players are given clear guidance on the style of play and the spirit of the football club.

I don’t know what West Brom is anymore.

Over the years, we’ve seen it all: Gary Megson’s clean, hungry mills (we got 27 in one season with Russell Holt between the sticks), Tony Mowbray’s straw-free flowers and Valerian Ismail’s front foot, high hounds.

Ismail was fired too soon after a few poor resultsas was Slaven Bilic, but Bruce was still in a hot spot, much to the chagrin of most of Albion’s now fed up supporters.

When the 61-year-old was selected to succeed Ismail in February, Alan Partridge shrugged both fans and players, who spoke of the date but were clearly as frustrated as the majority of fans.

Sky Sports critics spread the tired cliché about his “great record of promoting teams to the First Division”. Yes, he has led Birmingham and Hull City twice to return to the Premier League, but the last of those promotions came six years ago which is a long time in football.

The game has moved forward and Bruce hasn’t. While Taylor Gardner-Hickman checks out TikTok, Bruce will likely watch a Time Team repeat.

The players looked out of place against Birmingham and ignorant of the ball. The 4-2-3-1 plan is designed to get the best out of summer arrivals Jade Wallace and Jon Swift, who must wonder what they got into.

In 26 league games, Bruce has accumulated 31 points from seven wins, 10 draws and nine defeats.

Albion didn’t even get the new manager to “bounce back” from his appointment. Bruce’s first game was the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United, which is nothing to be ashamed of – the tough place we have to go is Bramall Lane. But a draw at home with Blackburn was followed by three defeats in a row, and his first victory was outside Hull City.

Albion finished the season with five more wins, three draws and three defeats to finish 10th, eight points behind the playoffs.

But in no time did Bruce’s Albion escape fans, despite having Grady Diangana, Swift, Wallace and Karlan Grant in their ranks.

Kyle Bartley is a towering center back and has a prominent presence in the defense line since joining the club, but under Bruce’s leadership he is a reluctant defender and devoid of confidence, 2/10 in the Express & Star ratings Horror show against hat-trick hero Scott Hogan.

Bruce’s name and reputation attract players who want to play with him – but the harsh reality of that isn’t as alluring as it sounds.

“The disappointing thing for me is that we didn’t do any of the basics well enough, we didn’t compete well enough, we didn’t do enough to affect the match,” Bruce said in the wake of the Blues’ defeat.

This is your job, fella. You are basically saying that you are not doing your job.

Bruce’s backroom staff of James Morrison, Stephen Clemens, Steve Agnew, Gary Walsh and his son Alex Bruce will be the ones to put the players through their paces in training – but the manager sets the style, standards and brand of football, and it’s time for Albion to bring a young, hungry man to the hot seat.

Sadly, there isn’t a long list of contenders if he sacks the Albion Bruce (which they will certainly do when we lose in Norwich City on Saturday).

I’ve always loved the idea of ​​Derek McInnes returning to The Hawthorns as manager after serving the club with passion, determination and determination during his brilliant football career. But suddenly he’s 51 years old, so that ship may have set sail.

Burnley is rewarded for taking a gamble on Vincent Kompany and he certainly fits the bill for the kind of appointment Albion needs when laying off Bruce’s services.

Players need a manager younger than their grandparents if West Brom is to renew their season and get a boost to get the playoffs back on track.