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Bruce: No worries about my future

Hull Manager Steve Bruce has dismissed rumours that he's on the verge of being sacked.

The Tigers are in the relegation zone after losing four games on the bounce and it doesn't get any easier for them tomorrow as they take on Premier League champions Manchester City.

In a wide ranging News Conference ahead of the game, Bruce also talked about the appointment of Mike Phelan as assistant coach, and the transfer deadline day signing of Senegal international striker Dame N'Doye.

Bruce demands McShane apology

Paul McShane - out in the cold at Hull City. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane.

The Republic of Ireland international, who's the club's longest serving player and a firm favourite with the fans, hasn't played since the start of November, and has recently taken to social media to vent his frustration after being sent to train with the club's development squad.

At today's news conference ahead of the Boxing Day fixture at Sunderland Bruce wouldn't elaborate on the exact reasons for their bust-up, but he said the ball is in McShane's court.


Bruce: "One win can turn it round"

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is confident his team can still finish higher in the Premier League than last season, despite a winless streak now stretching to ten matches.

The Tigers - who are now second from bottom in the table - face a crucial festive programme, with three matches in seven days. They travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, before home matches against bottom of the table Leicester City on December the 28th, and Everton on New Year's Day.

Bruce and his son Alex - back in the side after recovering from a hamstring injury - both insist it won't take much to turn Hull's season around.

Bruce pays tribute to his squad

As Hull City prepare for their penultimate Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, manager Steve Bruce is demanding an improvement on Saturday's showing in the 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa - a performance he described as their worst of the campaign so far.

But Bruce has praised his squad after weekend results elsewhere ensured the Tigers' Premier League safety AND gave them a place in Europe next season.

Following their FA Cup semi-final victory against Sheffield United last month, Hull's place in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League is guaranteed. Victory in the final against Arsenal at Wembley would mean they'd go straight through to the group stage.

Hull City will play in Europe

Steve Bruce has led Hull City into Europe. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hull City will play European football next season.

The Tigers' qualification for the Europa League as FA Cup finalists was confirmed by Manchester City's 3-2 victory at Everton on Saturday evening.

That meant Hull's Wembley opponents Arsenal will finish fourth in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League, thereby guaranteeing City a maiden adventure in Europe next season - whatever the result of the cup final.

However victory at Wembley on May 17 would see The Tigers go into the Europa League group stages in September, whereas entering as FA Cup runners-up would mean beginning the competition in the third qualifying round in July and early August.

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