Steve Bruce admits he still has an ambition to coach in the UEFA Champions League, whilst he has not given up hope of one day being England manager.
The 52-year-old began his managerial career with Sheffield United in 1998, and has gone on to coach Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic (twice), Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland and, currently, Hull City. And whilst he has enjoyed an impressive start to the season having gained promotion to the Premier League with the Tigers last term, he admits he still has ambitions to manage at the very highest level.
“It took me a long time to get to Sunderland which is a very, very big club in terms of stature, a big support, huge expectation. You’ve got to be driven by something,” he told Sky Sports. “We all want to rise to the top and manage in the Champions League or manage your country or whatever you want to do, so I’m never going to give up on it.”
Bruce, who also admits turning down the chance to manage Newcastle United whilst he was still at Birmingham, really rose to prominence during his playing days with Manchester United. He was captain of the Reds side which ended a 26-year wait for the league title in 1993, and won a further two championships, three FA Cups, a League Cup and a Cup-Winners Cup before leaving for St Andrews in the summer of 1996.