Steve Bruce future at Hull City on the line

Hull boss Steve Bruce conceded his future could be dictated by what division the club are in next season.

The 55-year-old takes charge of his 200th game at the Tigers helm when Derby come to the KC Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg on Tuesday and he is likely to be celebrating the landmark by booking another visit to Wembley.

The Tigers hold a 3-0 advantage from Saturday’s first leg and it will take some comeback by the Rams to stop Hull reaching the national stadium for the third time in as many years.

That would put them one win away from an instant return to the Barclays Premier League, the second time Bruce will have won promotion in his four years in East Yorkshire.

However Hull’s season ends, Bruce confirmed he will address his future with the club’s owners.

When asked what division the Tigers are in next year could affect whether he stays, he replied: “Possibly.

“I haven’t really given myself any real thought of what lies ahead because you can’t in management any more unless you are in the elite.

“All of us don’t know what is around the corner.

“Is there a long-term future for any manager? That’s something we are all guarded against. I have done four years and I must be the third or fourth longest serving in all of the leagues.

“I haven’t really looked at my position at all. Last year we got relegated and I offered my resignation to the board and they asked me to carry on. I will have a conversation with the owners in a couple of weeks’ time regardless of what division we are in.”

If Hull can get over the line against Derby, it would cap an eventful double century of games for Bruce.

There has been a promotion to the Premier League, a relegation, an FA Cup final and a foray into the Europa League.

“Victory would be a lovely way to mark it,” he said.

“If somebody had told me that after 200 games there would be chance to go to Wembley for a third time, a chance to have a couple of promotions and get to the FA Cup final and play in Europe, I wouldn’t have thought that would have been possible.

“We’ve had a good time, let’s hope it carries on.

“There is always a low when you are relegated, that stays with you. But when I took over we played Hartlepool away and we got beat and I drove home thinking ‘What on earth have I got here’. I have to be brutally honest on that.

“So to get from there to where we are now is a million miles away. There’s been more highs, definitely, it’s been a very enjoyable time.”


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