Bruce says hard luck stories have to be a thing of the past as he prepares for his opening game against Wolves.
Bruce said: “I couldn’t have picked a better start. Local derby, live on TV – it’s the kind of game that brings that excitement flooding back.
“The lads trained well. It’s like going to a new school for the first time for me and it’s a fantastic challenge.
“We need to start picking up wins – that’s why I’m sitting here I guess.“