Hull City boss quick to dismiss Fulham speculation

Steve Bruce has hit back at reports which suggest he could walk out on Hull City at the end of the season to take the reins at Fulham.

Having lost their Premier League status last season the Cottagers had hoped to make an instant return to the top-flight, but they have endured a difficult term which resulted in Felix Magath being sacked back in September. Kit Symons was installed as the successor to the German coach, but the capital club remain in the bottom half of the table with 29 matches completed.

Bruce was linked with the job when Magath was fired, despite his Hull side retaining their position in the Premier League last term when he also led them to the FA Cup final. And although the Tigers are currently in the relegation zone, it has been suggested that the Londoners remain keen to entice him at the end of the season as they look to make a return to the elite of English football.

“I was getting the sack the day before, and then Fulham want me,” replied Bruce when asked about the rumours. “The biggest problem I’ve got with the whole thing is they’ve got a manager in situ at Fulham and I’ve got huge respect for Kit Symons who is new to the job. I can’t comment on it because if I comment it just fuels it even more, and as far as I’m concerned it’s rubbish journalism.”

Bruce is currently preparing his players for the visit of fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, when a win would see them leapfrog the Midlands club in the table. The former Manchester United captain will be buoyed by the performance of his side at the weekend, when they were within minutes of beating Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium before James Milner’s leveller.

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