English Premiership

Coach Bruce eager to lead Hull back to Premier League

2015-05-26 09:38
Despite having been relegated at the weekend, Hull City supporters still have faith in manager Steve Bruce who has a three-year deal with the club. PHOTO: getty images

HULL City manager Steve Bruce said he is ready for the challenge of leading the club back into the Premier League following their relegation, if he is given the chance.

Hull’s relegation was confirmed on Sunday’s final day of the Premier League season as they drew 0-0 at home to Manchester United to finish third from bottom, three points from safety.

Last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists needed a first win over United since 1974 and had to hope that Newcastle United would fail to beat West Ham United, but got neither.

Bruce (54) signed a three-year contract with Hull in April, but acknowledged that that does not necessarily mean his job is safe.

“I’ve always been up for a fight,” said Bruce, who led Birmingham City to promotion from the Championship in 2007, a year after being relegated with them. “I don’t think it’s the time to talk about myself. I’ve not been good enough. I’ll reflect on that and have a conversation with the powers that be.

“A lot of decisions have to be made, but I hope I’m given the opportunity to do so. We all know a contract means nothing in football.”

Last season’s story was one of success for Hull. They reached a first FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal, and secured their highest ever league finish of 16th, but this campaign has been one of toil.

Bruce spent £42 million (R776 million) on new recruits for the campaign, but the investment has not paid off.

Key signings such as Robert Snodgrass and Mohamed Diame have missed most of the season through injury, while £8 million midfielder Jake Livermore was recently suspended after failing a drug test. — AFP

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