Legendary ex-Hull City manager Steve Bruce eyeing dramatic football return

Former Hull City boss Steve Bruce pictured before a pre-season friendly at Mansfield Town's Field Mill Stadium
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Former Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he'd love to return to football in some capacity, and ideally, in the dugout if the opportunity should come his way.

The legendary ex-Tigers boss as taken charge of more than 1,000 games in a stellar managerial career including that historic spell at City where he twice guided the club to the Premier League, an FA Cup final and a first foray into Europe.

Bruce, 63, has been out of work since leaving the Tigers' Championship rivals West Brom, but says after more than a year pruning his roses and travelling the world, including following the England cricket team, he says the time has come to seek a return.

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The former Manchester United defender, who counts Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic amongst the clubs he's managed since first taking charge at Sheffield United in 1998, admits he turned down the chance to work as a media pundit at Euro 2024 this summer as he eyes a return in some capacity.

"It's champing at me, I have to tell you," Bruce told the 1904 Club. "It's been a long winter since Christmas, I have to say to start with. It's been quite nice recently. You go here, you go there, you go around the world and see places and it's lovely, but Saturday afternoon comes around and you're thinking, that camaraderie, that buzz that you get.

"Who knows? I'd love to be involved. I've said many times; if a CEO or an owner or whatever asks me a question, I think I'd be able to give them the right answer.

"In some capacity, I'd love to be involved. Whether that's at the coal face, let's wait and see. I've been out for 18 months which is the longest I've ever been out and there's a bit of me saying, 'Come on Steve, you've got to do something' - I've got to do something. What?

"People go from football to the next best thing which is the media, because it gives you an involvement in football because you love it that much, you like talking about it, watching it, commentating on it.

"That's the next step, I've had a bit of that. I was asked to go to Germany (for the Euros), but not really. I'm going to give that a miss and watch from afar but we'll see what happens over the next few weeks or whatever. You never say never, do you?"