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Bruce's fire still burns bright

2 October 2012

Hull manager Steve Bruce said he remains as passionate about the game as he ever has been following his return to football management in the summer.

The 51-year-old, out of a job for seven months after being sacked by Sunderland in November 2011, landed himself in trouble when his emotions got the better of him in Hull's recent defeat at Leicester, his dismissal to the stands for a touchline outburst leading to a warning from FA disciplinary chiefs over his future conduct.

"As long as I'm involved in football the fire will always burn bright," Bruce told Press Association Sport.

"It's what I'm in it for, if it didn't - and that's the question I asked myself before I took on the job - if I didn't have the enthusiasm for it any more, then I'm not the right man, but thankfully it's still there."

Speaking about his actions during the Leicester game, he added: "I'm pleased it was put to bed and I thank the FA for their stance on it.

"It's the first time it's ever happened to me in management and I apologised to everyone involved.

"Sometimes you do things on the spur of the moment and look back on and think what an idiot you've just made of yourself, but certainly I apologised and they're not taking it any further, so I thank them for that."

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