A Brucey bonus for Hull?
Reports are circulating this afternoon that Steve Bruce is set to take the top job at Hull City.
June 6th, 2012
After weeks of speculation linking him with Hull City, BBC Radio Humberside reported today that the Tigers have offered Bruce the manager’s job, following their dispensation of the services of club stalwart Nick Barmby almost a month ago.
Bruce’s most recent role saw him unceremoniously dumped by Sunderland last November, as his first season’s encouraging team performance gave way to a rather disappointing second; spending heavily on players without seeing any of the footballing reward. It’s thought that a second-tier team, albeit one who spent so much time in the Championship play-off spots last season, could spark in Bruce the same drive to secure promotion that saw his old charges Birmingham City secure promotion to the Premier League twice during his reign – not to mention, a subsequent higher-placed league finish than rivals Aston Villa in the 2003 season.
Hull City’s owners, the Allams, have today clarified that two people are being considered for the job, but one of them is widely believed to be Bruce, whose potential acceptance of the job would see him managing his third Yorkshire side, following a baptism of fire at Sheffield United (not to mention, that goal conceded unfairly against Arsenal) and a struggle at Huddersfield Town.
After less than six months in charge, Barmby was suspended and then fully relieved of his duties following comments made to the media concerning the availability of transfer funds in the January window. A couple of weeks ago, Barmby saw his appeal against the dismissal rejected, and is currently weighing up his legal options with advice from LMA representation.
With Steve Bruce’s eye for drama, and Hull City’s publicity-shy owners, could this be the start of a renaissance at the KC Stadium?