The previously slow motion disintegration of Hull City AFC has seen a dramatic acceleration this afternoon, with the news that Steve Bruce has quit the club.

There’ll be much more to come on Bruce’s legacy as City’s manager, which by common consent has combined both unrivalled success with a faint air of underachievement.

However, it’s clear that following the Allams’ latest reneging on a sale, no new signings, rumours of no money to spend and Bruce’s own disappointment at not being appointed as the England manager, life has been made intolerable for him at the club. Whatever one’s views of Bruce, he’s been one of the few stabilising influences at a club torn apart by the Allams’ contemptible behaviour. Without him and with rumours of players “fuming” at developments, no additions to a squad ravaged by pre-season injuries and little prospect of any decent manager wishing to work for that ghastly family, our prospects look bleak.

Farewell, Steve. Thanks for everything.

7 replies
  1. Ganouche
    Ganouche says:

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, the chances are it’s a duck. The owner’s behaviour and lack of commitment to building a team that could stay in the PL, in spite of the reported mega bucks the club will earn from being a PL side, is astonishing, to say the least. I expect we’ll now witness a flurry of transfer requests from the best players and a series of rejections from any half decent managers approached to take the helm. Hull City is a racing certainty for relegation at the moment and I get the feeling the Allam family will be happy to see that happen again as it will hurt the fans they so despise.

  2. Ben Burgess
    Ben Burgess says:

    I am not sure how anyone could suggest that SB has underachieved as City Manager?! Gutted.

  3. Peter Boasman
    Peter Boasman says:

    Another result of self-sabotage by the owners of the club. Steve Bruce is our most successful manager. For him to leave in such circumstances is beyond contempt.

  4. Andy
    Andy says:

    Ben, just to qualify the above: I don’t think City should have been relegated in 2014/15, and it will rankle forever that Bruce didn’t take Europe seriously when it’s probably the only time we’ll ever be there. You could also argue that not finishing in the top two last season was an underachievement even though it ended gloriously.

    That’s not to say he isn’t our greatest ever manager, because he is.

  5. John from Brid
    John from Brid says:

    It will be clearer the owners intentions by the quality of manager we get, latest betting has Mike Phelan at 4/1 fav followed by Ryan Giggs at 5/1. Overall it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with Brucey, I agree we should not have got relegated 2014/15 season, onwards and ?

  6. Blackadder
    Blackadder says:

    I don’t think it could be any clearer right now, the club is being sabotaged by Ehab Allam, we are firm favourites for relegation. Half the team injured, no manager, no money for new players, no concessions, “membership” sales way down on last season, some legacy our wonderful owners are leaving!

  7. Rich
    Rich says:

    Where’s all the Pro-Allam lot now then? You know, the ones who backed the name change. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

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