Reports on Friday afternoon have alleged that Steve Bruce has left his position as Hull City manager.
The reports are, as yet, unconfirmed but reports in the English media have suggested that the 55-year-old has departed the KC Stadium with only three weeks to go until the beginning of the new Premier League season.
BREAKING NEWS: Steve Bruce has left Hull https://t.co/EL6ESkDice
— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) July 22, 2016
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 22, 2016
Bruce’s decision comes just days after he was interviewed by the Football Association for the vacant England managerial position. That job will be going to Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce, but Bruce is set to leave Hull regardless.
Hull have been facing an uncertain future in recent months. The owner, Assem Allam, has been trying to sell the club for some time, but has recently put back the process of selling until after the transfer window in September.
Bruce has been at the club for four seasons, replacing Nick Barmby in 2012. He led them to promotion in his first season at the club, finishing second in the Championship in 2013.
However, Hull’s return to the Premier League was to be a short one, and they suffered relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season.
In 2014, Bruce led Hull to their first ever FA Cup final. Despite racing into an early two-goal lead against Arsenal, they would eventually succumb to a 4-2 defeat in extra time.
The well-travelled manager led the Tigers to promotion once again last season. Having finished fourth in the Championship table, they went on to bear Sheffield Wednesday in the playoff final.
Despite the obvious need to strengthen, Hull have been very quiet in the transfer window. To date, they have only signed 17-year-old goalkeeper Will Mannion from AFC Wimbledon.
With the side facing a number of injury problems – barely a dozen first team players are currently fit – the need to spend is evident if they are to avoid going straight back down again.
Whether that has been a contributing factor in Bruce’s departure remains to be seen, but for the time being it appears that Hull’s crisis has just deepened exponentially.