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Published: 14:12 | 22/7/16

Bruce resigns as Hull manager

Departure comes three weeks before new season

Steve Bruce has resigned from his position as manager of Hull City just three weeks before the start of the Premier League season.

Bruce guided Hull back to the Premier League at the first time of asking but there had been suggestions that he was considering his future at the KC Stadium in light of Assem Allam's plans to sell the club.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the takeover, Bruce last month pledged to remain with the club for the 2016-17 campaign.

After failing to take training on Friday, the former Manchester United captain handed in his resignation at the KC Stadium.

"Following four incredible seasons with the Tigers including two promotions and our first ever FA Cup final, we can confirm that manager Steve Bruce has left the Club by mutual consent," a statement read.

"The Board of Directors would like to thank Steve for all his efforts since his appointment in 2012 culminating in a glorious day at Wembley in May which saw the Club bounce back into the Premier League. Steve has excelled in his role - both on and off the field - and will be remembered for being the most successful manager in our history to date.

"Steve Bruce wishes the Club and the owners all the very best for the forthcoming Premier League season. Steve also wishes to place on record his thanks to the Club's supporters for their unwavering support and also to all the players and staff who have worked with him during his time at the KCOM Stadium.

"Mike Phelan will step in to the role of caretaker manager until a permanent appointment is made for the upcoming campaign."

The 55-year-old was interviewed for the England manager's job earlier this week, but he missed out on the job to Sam Allardyce .

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