‘The club’s in good hands’: Former West Brom favourite Jonas Olsson has faith in Steve Bruce after poor start to season

The ex-West Bromwich Albion defender believes Steve Bruce can turn things around this season.

West Bromwich Albion have had a poor start to their 2022-23 campaign under Steve Bruce, winning just one of their opening 10 league games.

The Baggies sit 21st in the Championship table on goal difference and have found the net on 15 occasions - the fourth highest in the league.

Albion’s form has been hit-and-miss under Bruce with the 61-year-old set to take charge of his 30th game on Saturday when West Brom welcome Swansea City to the Hawthorns.

In his 29 games in charge of West Brom in all competitions, Bruce has eight of them, while drawing 11 and losing 10 times.

Despite the shaky start to the season, former Baggies defender Jonas Olsson believes Bruce can turn the club’s fortunes around.

“I’ve watched quite a few games as well and thought we’ve played some really good football this year,” the Swede told the Express & Star.

“We’ve been unlucky with results sometimes, but I think it’s a major step forward in terms of performance.

“I think there is a really talented squad as well and a good manager and coaching staff also. Hopefully the results will come. I think the club’s in good hands in terms of manager.”

Bruce has a track record of gaining promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with previous clubs Birmingham City and Hull City.

He guided the Blues to the top flight in 2002 via the play-offs after beating Norwich City 4-2 on penalties.

After four seasons in the Premier League, Birmingham suffered relegation at the end of the 2005-06 campaign, but Bruce achieved his second promotion with the club just one year later, finishing second in the Championship.

He also guided Hull to two promotions, first during the 2012-13 campaign when the Tigers finished runners-up in the competition, then via the play-off final three years later.