Steve Bruce has resigned as manager of the newly promoted Premier League club Hull City, who he guided to promotion through the Championship play-off’s last season.
It is believed a breakdown in his relationship with vice-chairman Ehab Allam contributed to his departure, as he departs after four years at the club leading them to promotion to the Premier League in 2013 and 2016 and an FA Cup final in 2014.
A club statement read: “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.
“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.
“Steve 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 KC Stadium.”
He has also managed Huddersfield, Wigan and Sunderland in his 18 years as a manager, including seven years at Birmingham where he won two promotions to the Premier League.
The former Man United defender was interviewed for the vacant England job last week, but lost out to Sunderland gaffer Sam Allardyce who was appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor on Friday afternoon.
Hull will now be searching for a new manager with just three weeks to go until the new season starts, with assistant manager Mike Phelan expected to take temporary charge of pre-season games.
Former Man United legends Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane lead the early front-runners for the vacancy among the bookies, while former Everton gaffer Roberto Martinez is also in the mix.
It is such an unusual time for a manager to quit just three weeks before the new season but that is what Steve Bruce has done and it could spell trouble for Hull City.
The former Sunderland boss walking could suggest he is heading back to the Black Cats due to Sam Allardyce’s imminent departure or there was also another idea he could join Big Sam as England’s assistant manager.
Whatever his reasons are for leaving it could not have come at the worse time for Hull. They have not made a major transfer all summer, they are in the midst of an injury crisis and the club is up for sale.
Whoever moves to the KC Stadium to replace Bruce has a massive job on his hands. I would have backed a Bruce led Hull to beat the drop this season but they look doomed right now.