Bruce not Dunn for
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Dunn has blasted the "ridiculous" speculation surrounding Steve Bruce.
Birmingham midfielder David Dunn has blasted the "ridiculous" speculation surrounding the future of manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce has come under increasing pressure following Blues' poor start to the season which sees them sitting second from bottom in The Premiership.
But Dunn, whose calf strain has precluded his aiding the under-fire boss, cannot understand the consternation.
"I hear the things people have been saying and I've read some of the letters in the local press," said Dunn.
"Perhaps I shouldn't get involved but I'm prepared to stand by my opinion. It is ridiculous the manager is under pressure."
Dunn recognises Bruce's achievements at Birmingham and believes that, rather than dispensing with his services, the club owe a debt to the former Manchester United defender.
"He got the club promotion after so many years and he took Birmingham to their highest league position in 31 years," added Dunn.
"People tend to forget that and that he has the sort of personality to attract big players."
Meanwhile, Bruce has admitted that he must gamble on the future of Mario Melchiot.
Bruce would like to retain the services of the defender whose contract expires next summer.
Under the terms of the Bosman ruling Melchiot will be free to open talks with potential suitors in January but Bruce admits that Blues are in no position to open negotiations of their own.
"Mario knows I would like him to stay but this is not the right time to talk about contracts," explained Bruce.
"I know he can speak to other clubs and we have to live with it because of the Bosman rule."