READING striker Andy Carroll brutally beat Steve Bruce after he was sacked as West Brom manager.
The former England star spoke to the media ahead of Reading’s clash with the Baggies, which will be the first since Bruce’s departure.
Carroll, 33, worked with him last season at West Brom and two seasons at Newcastle.
But there seems to be little love between them as the veteran striker slyly addressed his former manager, saying: “It’s always sad to see people being sacked.
“Especially when we were guaranteed three points at the weekend. Too bad, but that’s football.
“You don’t get the results, it’s a business at the end of the day. So you have to keep the guys together and work hard as a manager and make the guys work hard for you.”
The ex-Manchester United defender is unpopular with Geordies due to his overwhelming time as manager at St James’ Park.
Bruce was sacked from his position at West Brom, with the club finishing 22nd in the Championship table, their lowest position in the league in two decades.
The Baggies have won just one league game this season and Carroll admitted he was surprised at how poorly his former side is performing.
When asked about their poor form, he said: “I’m surprised.
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“They have a great squad and a great team. It’s surprising to see them down there, but that’s football.
“If they win the next three or four games, they’ll be back up there.”
Carroll has scored once for Reading this season and they are enjoying a positive start to the season as the club sit 5th in the table.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6447859/andy-carroll-steve-bruce-west-brom-reading/ Andy Carroll demolishes former manager Steve Bruce with brutal dig after West Brom boss sacked ahead of Reading clash