Steve Bruce’s son tears into Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy over comments on BBC's FA Cup coverage
Steve Bruce has yet to take up the role at Sheffield Wednesday
Steve Bruce's son Alex has called out Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy on Twitter after they criticised the soon-to-be Sheffield Wednesday boss for delaying his start to managing the club. The comments came following Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
The senior Bruce is due to take over at the Championship strugglers in February, however, speaking on BBC after Wednesday's FA Cup tie, Gullit and Murphy attacked the decision to delay assuming the role - despite the manager having endured a number of tough personal circumstances in recent months.
"If you think it was Manchester United, do you think he would have done the same?" Gullit said.
"I'm just thinking about the year he's had off the field," Alex Scott replied.
"No no no," Gullit added. "If it was Man United in the same moment, would he do the same thing?"
Murphy then added: "I think the main thing is he's making a rod for his own back.
"The club has to take some blame for allowing him to say 'I'll take it, but not until then'. They've facilitated that, which is wrong.
"If he starts poor do you not think the Sheffield Wednesday fans are going to bring this up? He's sunning himself, watching the cricket for some reason, it's not something any manager I've played under would have done."
However, Steve's son Alex - who currently plays for Wigan - responded to the criticism on Twitter.
He wrote: "Maybe if Ruud and Danny had been managing since 1998, lost a father, a mother, a job, had health issues of his own to to cope with all in the space of around six months they and others would understand why he needed a short break from football."
Maybe if Ruud and Danny had been managing since 1998, lost a father, a mother, a job, had health issues of his own to to cope with all in the space of around six months they and others would understand why he needed a short break from football. https://t.co/FaeXfkSFMJ
— Alex Bruce (@AlexBruce84) January 27, 2019
Wednesday are currently sat at 17th in the Championship table, Bruce will take over at the club following his sacking from Aston Villa last year.