Steve Bruce has held informal talks with the English Football Association about becoming the next England manager.
Premier League side Hull City released a brief statement on Tuesday confirming talks have taken place by the FA have made no official approach for Bruce.
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The former Manchester United defender, 55, has led Hull to two promotions to the Premier League in the past four seasons, plus the Tigers reached the FA Cup final in the 2013-2014 season.
Bruce has previously spoken about his pride in being linked with the England job and said it would be the pinnacle for any English manager.
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Here’s the statement in full from Hull who are preparing for life back in the PL after Bruce led to them promotion via the Championship playoffs last season:
The Club can confirm that manager Steve Bruce has held informal discussions regarding the England vacancy, although no official approach has been received from the FA.
We would hope to see the FA conclude their business quickly in order to avoid further speculation regarding Steve ahead of what is a season of huge importance for the Club following our return to the Premier League.
Bruce has formally managed Birmingham City, Wigan and Sunderland with varying degrees of success but his pedigree of developing teams who can soak up pressure, hit teams on the break and are well-organized is clear.
Looking at the stats below of English managers in the PL, Bruce has only managed less game than Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp in the PL Allardyce, 61, is still the favorite to take the job as the current Sunderland boss has also spoken to the FA about the vacant position following Roy Hodgson’s decision to resign following the Round of 16 defeat to Iceland.
The FA have now spoken to two tried and tested managers who have scrapped around in the lower leagues and have exceeded expectations with modest clubs in the PL.