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I don't know if I'll stay at promoted Hull - Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce is unsure whether he'll remain at Hull City in the Premier League Credit: PA

Steve Bruce led Hull back to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs on Saturday, the fourth promotion of his career, but admits he remains unsure whether he'll still be in place as manager next season.

Amid his own uncertainty, however, he is far more clear over the direction Hull should be taking as they bid to establish themselves as a top-flight club over a longer term, having been relegated in both 2010 and 2015.

Swansea, West Brom and Bournemouth have achieved relative stability in the top division and that is what Bruce wants Hull to pursue.

It's always going to be difficult for us because of where we are (geographically). We try to attract the (best players) but we are never going to be the biggest payers, and it's difficult to try and get people to come to us, even if we have the money. So there is a long road ahead.

Teams like Bournemouth, Swansea, West Brom, we have to emulate the teams who have been in and around (the Premier League) for a few years.

I don't know if I am staying myself yet.

I'll have a conversation like I said I would at the end of the season, like I've done for the last two years. I've got to make sure that we're equipped. I still haven't 100 per cent decided. I'll have a chat with my family and we'll see.

– Steve Bruce


Hull fan banned for life after confronting Derby player

Adam Pardoe (right) has been banned for life by Hull. Credit: Sky Sports

Hull City have issued a lifetime ban to the supporter who confronted Derby County captain Richard Keogh on the pitch this week.

Adam Pardoe, 26, squared up to Keogh during a pitch invasion on Tuesday night after Hull had secured their place in the Championship play-off final at Derby's expense.

The club have taken swift action after Pardoe was caught by Sky Sports cameras confronting Keogh in an aggresive manner.

A Hull City statement read:

We have written to Mr Pardoe following our investigation into the incident at the stadium on Tuesday night to inform him that he has now been banned from all Hull City fixtures. This ban is a lifetime ban.

We are also advised the Stadium Management Company has issued a similar ban for the stadium.

– Hull City statement


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Relegated Bolton shock Hull

Substitute Stephen Dobbie's fourth goal of the season earned relegated Bolton a shock 1-0 Championship victory over Premier League hopefuls Hull at the Macron Stadium.

Dobbie fired home a cross from Lawrie Wilson to give League One-bound Wanderers only a fifth win of a dismal campaign, and a first home triumph in 15 matches.

It also ensured Hull's away hoodoo against Bolton continued unchecked, having not won on Trotters' territory since 1935.

Hull falter against in draw against Nottingham Forest

Sone Aluko netted the equaliser. Credit: PA

Hull's automatic promotion bid continued to falter as they were held to a second successive home draw and slipped to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Hull were held 1-1 by Nottingham Forest, the same score as against MK Dons at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Forest earned new manager Paul Williams a point in his first game in charge since being appointed to replace Dougie Freedman for the remainder of the season.

Forest took a first-half lead through Gary Gardner's rising shot from distance before Sone Aluko slid home a second half equaliser for Hull whose winless run in the Championship extended to four games.

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