FORMER Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has been confirmed as the new manager of Hull City.
Bruce returned to management with the Tigers today just over six months after being sacked by Sunderland.
The former Manchester United captain was named as successor to Nicky Barmby, who was dismissed by his hometown club at the end of the season for questioning the owners’ ambitions in the media.
Bruce insists there are no doubts about the intentions of Assem and Ehab Allam and has been told by the owners that money will be made available for him to strengthen the squad.
“Let’s be clear, the people here are determined to take the club forward,” Bruce told Sky Sports News.
“The more I spoke to them, the more assurances I was given and it became clear where they wanted to take the club.
“That was important to me because the point of the conversations was to make sure that their ambition matches my own.
“I want to be back in the Premier League. It was a wrench to leave the Premier League and manage lower down because the Premier League is the best in the world, but I enjoyed my time in the Championship with Birmingham and Crystal Palace.
“I have received assurances and hopefully I can get the job done and get us both back in the Premier League.
“There is the nucleus of a very good squad here and with four or five additions it can only make us stronger.
“Hull finished just outside the play-offs last season, they have proved they are capable of challenging towards the top end of the table and now it is my job to try and take them on that little bit more.”
Bruce is the fifth manager at the KC Stadium in just shy of 15 months, but the 51-year-old is unperturbed by such a lack of stability.
“To be fair to the owners, they have pumped a lot of money into the club and they want stability,” Bruce added.
“Without them over the past 12-15 months or so there might not have been a Hull City.
“Every club needs a bit of stability and I hope I can give them that along with the success they crave.
“As I’ve said, I have had reassurances and I really do believe we have a chance of being successful. The Championship is a wonderful league and I am looking forward to the challenge.”