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    6 Candidates to Replace Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce cast doubts on his own future in the immediate aftermath of winning promotion back to the Premier League back in May, citing disagreements between him and Ehab Allam, the son of Owner Assem Allam. 

    This soured relationship, combined with a lack of signings and a first team squad which has shrunken to just 13 fit players before the start of the season has led Bruce to walk away. Now, with only three weeks until Hull kick off against reigning champions Leicester, Hull will need to appoint a manager quickly. Here we will take a look at some of the leading candidates.

    Ryan Giggs

    Giggs is now gone from Old Trafford after ending a 29 year association with Manchester United and is looking to find his own way in the managerial world. Giggs will inevitably one day want to return to Manchester United as their manager but will want to build experience and could see the Hull job as a good start. However, Alex Ferguson will no doubt be having a word in his ear, advising him against a job with an unstable ownership and a lack of transfer control.

    Giggs is looking for his first managerial role

    Roy Keane

    Keane has not been on the managerial front line since being sacked by Ipswich Town in January 2011, having filled his time since with assistant manager roles at both Aston Villa and currently the Republic of Ireland. Keane has verbally agreed to stay on as AM to Martin O'Neill through to the 2018 World Cup, however he could be tempted to get back into Premier League management, especially with the added experience of working under O'Neill to help him. 

    Keane's experience with Ireland could make him a better manager

    Mike Phelan 

    Since Phelan has left Manchester United after being Sir Alex Ferguson's right hand man for five years, he continued gaining assistant manager and coaching experience with both Norwich City and Hull City. He is currently in caretaker charge of Hull City and could be tempted to have a crack himself, given his massive experience in the game he has all the tools necessary to be a good manager. 

    Phelan has never had a top level managerial job

    Tim Sherwood

    Sherwood has been out of work since being sacked by Aston Villa in October 2015. His stock has fallen since, with Villa free falling out of the Premier League with a number of players that he signed, however he did lead Villa to an FA Cup final. With Hull being in a situation where they will need a number of new signings, not many Chairman would trust Tim Sherwood given the quality of signings he brought to Villa.

    Sherwood led Spurs to a sixth place finish

    Roy Hodgson

    Would Hodgson step back in to management so soon after England's farcical exit at Euro 2016? That remains to be seen however Hodgson has excelled in stabilising teams that were bound for relegation in the last 10 years with both Fulham and West Brom. Danny Murphy said it best about Hodgson, claiming that one of his strengths as a manager is making bad players better, however his biggest weakness is making good players worse. At the present time, that would suit Hull City down to the ground.

    Hodgson pulled off a miraculous escape with Fulham in 2008

    Roberto Martinez

    The Spaniard has had a massive fall from grace in recent seasons. After leading Wigan to FA Cup glory (and relegation) in the same season, Martinez lead Everton to their highest Premier League points total in 2014 and things were looking up for the Merseyside club and their manager. However, back-to-back bottom half finishes and some awful defensive performances led to his sacking. How Martinez sets his teams up defensively would probably not appeal to Hull, as a team looking to avoid relegation, but when he gets it right Martinez is a great coach.

    Martinez already has one relegation to his name

    By Darren Beck (@DarrenBeck13)
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