STEVE Bruce was today mulling over the opportunity to take over as the new boss of Hull City.
The 51-year-old, sacked by Sunderland in December, has been keeping his options open going into the close season, ideally hoping to find a Premier League club to manage.
But with neither Norwich City nor West Brom pushing for his services, he is expected to take up the offer from the Championship club who have been rudderless since controversially parting company with fans’ favourite Nick Barmby six weeks ago.
Bruce has been formally offered the job by the club’s Egyptian owners, who have been talking to several candidates since sacking Barmby.
They have been interested in the Geordie for some time, but it is only since the weekend that things have progressed to the point where Bruce simply has to decide whether or not to take it or leave it.
And with Bruce itching to get back into management, it is believed he is ready to set his sights lower than originally planned and take over the Tigers.
Despite Hull fans’ unease over the way the popular Barmby was disposed of, they would welcome Bruce, who has a wealth of managerial experience, much of it in the Premier League in the course of nearly 600 games as boss.
Hull managed a golden couple of seasons in the Premier League under the guidance of South Shields-born Phil Brown and are desperate to return there again.
Previously crippled by debt, which became potentially catastrophic upon their demotion in 2010, things have changed under the new Egyptian – but England-based – owners.
Bruce will have asked about what money would be available for him in the transfer market should he take over and that is likely to be one of the key factors over the next 24 hours in deciding whether or not he takes up the job.