Manager sackings depress Bruce

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has expressed his dismay at the recent spate of managerial dismissals.

Last Updated: 13/05/14 at 15:42 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Disturbed by the high turnover of managers

Steve Bruce: Disturbed by the high turnover of managers

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Bruce is preparing for Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal and is determined to enjoy every minute of it considering the precarious nature of being a boss.

On the back of Tim Sherwood's departure from Tottenham, coming soon after Pepe Mel's exit from West Brom, Bruce said: "I never thought I'd see the day but it's now becoming like it is in Europe or South America - in fact it's probably worse now.

"We keep getting told the average lifespan (for a manager) is 13 months and another good young manager has just lost his job. From the outside I don't know how much more he could have done. In terms of results he's been terrific.

"I've been in management for 15 years now and two or three people have lost their jobs in the last 48 hours so I'm going to take a deep breath and enjoy the occasion."

Early indications suggest Bruce will have no fresh injuries for the Wembley showdown with Arsene Wenger's team and he acknowledges he faces one of the toughest decisions of his managerial career to pick his starting line-up.

The former Manchester United defender said: "When it comes to such a big game I'll have to weigh it up and make sure everybody's in the right frame of mind. Physically they have all got to be 100 per cent.

"It's a new experience for me as a manager and it's a wonderful achievement for the club and the city. It's a working class city and if we can bring the cup back and give it something to shout about it would be terrific."

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