London - Steve Bruce resigned as manager of Premier League newboys Hull City
on Friday, just days after he was being linked with the England national
The 55-year-old Englishman, who lost out to compatriot Sam
Allardyce for the England post, had taken Hull up for the second time
into the Premier League last season but was said to be unhappy about the
lack of investment in new players.
The lack of activity in the
transfer market has been largely because Hull chairperson Assem Allam had
been courted by two American consortiums but he has now halted those
talks to turn his attention to preparing for the new season which starts
in three weeks.
"Following four incredible seasons with the
Tigers, including two promotions and our first ever FA Cup final, we can
confirm that manager Steve Bruce has left the club by mutual consent,"
said a statement by the club, who had steadfastly refused for several
hours to confirm the reports of hos resignation that broke earlier on
"The Board of Directors would like to thank Steve for all
his efforts since his appointment in 2012 culminating in a glorious day
at Wembley in May which saw the club bounce back into the Premier
"Steve has excelled in his role - both on and off the
field - and will be remembered for being the most successful manager in
our history to date."
Bruce, who is ironically second favourite
now to replace Allardyce at Sunderland whom he previously managed for
two years (2009/11), was also cited in the joint statement.
Bruce wishes the club and the owners all the very best for the
forthcoming Premier League season," read his part of the statement.
also wishes to place on record his thanks to the club's supporters for
their unwavering support and also to all the players and staff who have
worked with him during his time at the KCOM Stadium."
has also managed Birmingham and Wigan, will be replaced by his assistant
Mike Phelan, who also played with him during their successful time
under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Further clouding the
picture for Bruce, who signed a new three-year contract in March 2015,
and had his offer to resign turned down by the board when they were
relegated in 2014, is Allam is in ill health and has handed day to day
affairs to his son club vice-chairperson Ehab.
The final straw could
have come when Bruce saw no money being made available for replacements
for injured key players - goalkeeper Allan McGregor, central defender
Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo and his defender son, Alex, are all ruled
out through long-term injury.
The players made clear they were sad to see him go.
good to lose a manager especially one who has signed you and done so
well for the club. Wish him all the best for the future," tweeted
midfielder Tom Huddlestone.
Alex Bruce received farewell messages
for his father from a host of well-wishers on his Twitter account and
responded: "Thanks for all the nice messages. I'll pass them on."