Bruce hopes to silence doubters

FOOTBALL: Tynesider Steve Bruce says he hopes to win over his Wearside doubters after finally being confirmed as Sunderland manager yesterday.<br /><br />Bruce, a lifelong Newcastle fan, received a mixed welcome at the club after the Black Cats agreed a &pound;3m compensation package with Wigan.<br /><br />Bruce said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s results on the pitch that matter. I hope I can win over the few doubters I have. The vast majority of what I&rsquo;ve seen is positive.&rdquo;