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Steve Bruce resigns as Hull City Manager

Anjan Majee
575   //    23 Jul 2016, 09:38 IST
Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce was not thrilled at the lack of transfer activity at Hull

It’s just three more weeks to go before the Premier League kicks off and clubs are having desperate times to get their act together. However, with all those issues related to the club takeover still not resolved, Hull City seems to be going further down. In a drastic turn of events, Steve Bruce, the manager of the newly promoted side has left the club after four successful seasons.

It is believed that the ongoing issue regarding the takeover has got the fans angry, and protests are still underway. Owner Assem Allam has refused to sell the club and has put on hold, talks over the takeover till the end of September to ensure stability during the transfer window.

Steve Bruce has had a deteriorating relationship with the owners, particularly with their vice chairman Ehab Allam. The lack of transfer activity and the long growing injury list has got the better of Bruce’s patience over the managers’ post, leading to his resignation with just 21 days to go before their season opener against the defending champions Leicester City.

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The 55-year-old Tiger boss was in the frame to be the next England manager and was even interviewed by the FA. And it now seems increasingly imminent that he will be pipped to the role by Sam Allardyce. Expressing his desire he said: "I never quite made it as a player, who wouldn't (want it)?" he said. "If you're English and it means something to you, who wouldn't?

"In an interview you never know, I hope it went okay, I got my point across and let's hope it was successful."

Hull appointed the ex-Manchester United defender in 2012 on a three-year contract. In his debut year, he helped Hull gain promotion back to the Premier league. Add to that, he guided the Tigers to the FA Cup final in 2014, which they lost to the eventual champions Arsenal 3-2. Needing a win against United on the last day, they were relegated to the Championship, in 2015, managing only a draw.

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Bruce and his men came back stronger in 2016 to finish 4th in Championship and make it to the playoffs. They defeated Derby County in the semi-final, and then Sheffield Wednesday in the final, to be back in the top tier this year.

Since then, not everything has been perfect for the East Yorkshire based team. There has been growing turbulence concerning ownership and now they are without their manager. Bruce last managed a friendly win against Mansfield Town, on Monday, and is now speculated to be returning to his former club Sunderland to fill the post vacated by Sam Allardyce.

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