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Sky Bet Play-Offs: Steve Bruce thankful for Hull City U-turn

29 May 2016

Manager Steve Bruce reflected happily on his decision to stay with Hull City after they secured immediate promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

Following their relegation from the top-flight at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, Bruce offered his resignation to Hull chairman Assem Allam. However, the request was dismissed and Bruce opted to stay at the KCOM Stadium — a decision justified following Saturday’s Play-Off Final victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Read more: Match Report: Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

“I offered my resignation because we failed,” said Bruce, after the 1-0 success at Wembley. “I knew how difficult a time it would be. It’s the most difficult period after you get relegated. There’s a financial hole to fill and there’s an uncertainty about it all.

“Thankfully the owner didn’t want me to go. I had a long, hard think about things and whether I could repair the damage. Now, sitting here today, I’m very, very pleased with the decision.”

The win under the arch secured Bruce a fourth Championship promotion, but the 55-year-old was starting to believe that it would be the Owls, rather than his Tigers, taking their place in English football’s top tier.

“We had five or six gilt-edged chances and when I saw Robbo [Andy Robertson] knock that one over the bar then I thought it’s not going to be our day. But Diame has produced that bit of magic and I’m pleased for him. It was a wonder goal which would grace any cup final or play-off final, it was terrific.

“The last four times I’ve been in the Championship I’ve managed to get out of it, but it’s not all about me — it’s about the club and how we move forward. I have to dedicate it to the chairman who couldn’t make it today, his ill health concerns us all, and for him I’m very, very pleased.”

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