Hull City appoint Steve Bruce as their new manager 



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Bruce has been working with the media since the 51-year old was sacked by Sunderland back in November after a 2-1 defeat by Wigan 


Championship side Hull City have announced that Steve Bruce has become the club's new manager signing a three-year deal at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers had been managerless since sacking former player Nick Barmby at the end of the season last month after comments made to the media about members of the club's board personnel. Bruce, who has taken charge of Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City in the Premier League, has been out of the game since being sacked by Sunderland in November 2011.

After a successful playing career that saw him win three Premier League titles with Manchester United, Bruce went into manage-ment almost immediately with Sheffield United in 1998 but moved on to Huddersfield Town just one year later.

Brief spells with the Latics and Crystal Palace followed before he took over at St Andrews leading the Blues to promotion from the second tier to the Premier League in his first season. He returned to the DW Stadium in November 2007 to replace the axed Chris Hutchings helping them to safety and a 14th-place finish before guiding them to 11th in his only full season at the club.

Niall Quinn appointed him as Sunderland manager for the start of the 2009/10 campaign and, having finished 13th and 10th in his first two seasons, he was relieved of his duties after a poor start to the 2011/12 season which saw the Black Cats record just two wins from their opening thirteen matches.

Bruce has gained promotion from the second tier twice in his managerial career, helping Birmingham to promotion in 2002 and 2007.

The Tigers, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2010, finished 8th in the Championship in 2011/12, seven points off the play-offs. His appointment was confirmed at a press conference held this afternoon (Friday 8th June).

Click here to watch Steve Bruce's first press conference as Hull City boss


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