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Byline: Stud Marks

EX-BLUES chief Steve Bruce stands accused of having had more clubs than Tiger Woods but even he would be hard-pushed to have managed Middlesbrough when Tony Mowbray was a player up on Teesside.

That's what one of the broadsheet newspapers reported after clearly getting the wrong end of the stick when Mowbray spoke about the influence of a person he referred to only as 'Bruce'.

The Albion boss was clearly talking about his one-time Middlesbrough manager and mentor Bruce Rioch, but the following appeared in print:

Mowbray says he found football difficult, almost boring, until he was stimulated at Middlesbrough by manager Steve Bruce, who had lived out his own fantasies at the Theatre of Dreams.

He says: "Football was hard between the ages of 18 and 22 at Boro, where we were struggling in the old Second Division every year.

"But then Bruce came in and started painting pictures for every player on the pitch, saying this is how we play; for instance, he told the right-back that he could either feed the ball through to someone up front or bounce it off his wide player and then look for an option.

"Suddenly, football became interesting for me and I now have strong beliefs about how the game should be played."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 12, 2008
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