Hull City boss Steve Bruce is not a happy man. Disgruntled by relegation from the Premier League, the 54-year old is set to have what the Daily Mail are terming “crunch talks” with the Tigers’ owners. Bruce is threatening to walk out on the club should the club’s chairman, Assem Allam, and owners stump up the cash that will see the Tigers roar towards instant promotion back to the Premier League.
Since relegation from the Premier League, Hull City have seen 10 players leave with nine of these leaving on free transfers. Amongst these ‘frees’ are names such as 27-year old Yannick Sagbo, 29-year old Stephen Quinn and 32-year old Maynor Figueroa – all players rated by website Transfermarkt as having a value of £1m+. The one sale that has brought money into the club has seen highly-rated attacking midfielder move to Championship rivals Derby County in a move that saw Hull City gain a £4.69m transfer fee.
What is surely galling the Hull City manager is that, alongside the lack of incoming players, is that there is no sign of any of the £4.69m Tom Ince fee nor the £24m ‘parachute payment’ for relegation having been spent on new players. On the question of the upcoming talks, Steve Bruce simply states,
“I would love the chance to bring the club back to the top flight, and all I ask is that we have a squad that’s capable of mounting a challenge. The nucleus of a very good team is here, and I am hoping that on Thursday we can all sit down and navigate a plan to get us back to where we all want to be. If that is the case then I’ll be perfectly happy. If not, then I would ask the question of exactly what they want to do. If I don’t think we have a chance of getting back up, then I would consider my position.” Steve Bruce – Daily Mail July 20, 2015
Bruce is confident that the meeting with the hierarchy at Hul City, scheduled for Thursday, will be a positive one and that progress will be made that will set the club on good footing leading in to the three weeks before the Championship season begins.
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