As the relegation battle went down to the final day of the season, Hull City were the final team to face the drop.
It came down to Steve Bruce’s Tigers and Newcastle, who secured a 2-0 win to play another season in the top flight. Although Hull will not be playing with the big boys of English football next season, they must stick with Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce joined Hull City back in 2012 on an initial three year contract. In the 2013/14 season his side finished second in the Championship, which secured them a place in the Premier League for the following season. Hull have little experience in the Premier League.
They were first promoted to the the top flight back in 2008, but only managed two seasons before being relegated back to the Championship. A similar tale to that of Steve Bruce’s Hull City; spending two years in the top flight before facing the inevitable drop.
And who could forget their FA Cup final clash against Arsenal? The Tigers went 2-0 up after 10 minutes, but Arsenal’s comeback was too much to overcome. A win for the underdog – like Wigan Athletic’s over Manchester City in the FA Cup – would have went down in history. But it was not to be.
Going from FA Cup finalists to being relegated from the Premier League in the space of a year is a tough pill to swallow for everyone at Hull City. But when you consider how many teams were in the mix for relegation, you can see how tough a season it has been. The managerial merry-go-round being in full force has not helped, and Hull are wise not to have joined. Even now, they shouldn’t.
The Premier League promotion and FA Cup final have shown Bruce to be a formidable and serious manager. With the right team, he can achieve big things; and Tigers are the team for him.
Letting go of Bruce after a bump in the road would be farcical. Modern football does not respect the hard work of managers like it used to. The KC Stadium outfit shouldn’t fall into that trap. If anyone is going to bring the Tigers back up, it will be Bruce.
He will be determined to do so. He spoke about his devastation of no longer being in the Premier League, and how contracts ‘mean nothing in football’; but if they keep faith in him he’ll soon guide them back in to the big time.