Bruce moves on from Gyan exit
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes it is time to draw a line under Asamoah Gyan's shock departure from the club.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 16/09/11 1:10pm
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes it is time to draw a line under Asamoah Gyan's shock departure from the Stadium of Light.
Gyan left Sunderland last week in somewhat acrimonious circumstances after agreeing a season-long loan move to United Arab Emirates with Al-Ain.
The Black Cats were left stunned when Gyan asked to join Al-Ain feeling they had managed to keep the Ghana international following the close of the transfer window in August.
Gyan's future at Sunderland had been the subject of intense speculation all summer and although Bruce admits he was disappointed to see the player leave, he now wants the club to move on.
"I think the big thing was we had to draw a line under it and get it done because it was rumbling on for weeks and weeks," Bruce told Sky Sports News.
"I never thought for one minute that he would contemplate playing [in the UAE], no disrespect, but I think for the last home game they had something like 253 people which tells you where he is going to play his football.
"As I said last week we will let people make their own conclusions as to why he has gone.
"I think we have got to draw a line under it. We move on, it's as simple as that.
"We are all disappointed he's gone. It's a week gone and he's not here and he's not available for us so we have to move on.
"As I have always done in management, if somebody is desperate to move on then I won't keep them, it's as simple as that because we have all tried as managers to keep them and unfortunately they then become disillusioned and disruptive and before you know it it leaves a bad taste.
"So we are all disappointed, but let's move on."