Steve Bruce targets Premier League return for Hull City

New Hull City manager Steve Bruce is targeting a Premier League return for the Tigers within three years.

"I've signed a three-year deal and I hope I can get them there in that time," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"I think I'm one of only two or three British managers who has worked in the Premier League for 10 years.

"The squad is young. I hope with my experience we can improve them, and with a few additions, I hope there are some good times ahead."

Bruce, 51, who has managed Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City in the Premier League, has been out of the game since being sacked by the Black Cats in November 2011.

"I've been out of work for a while and I wanted to come back with a challenge.

"After speaking to the chairman and his son [Assem and Ehab Allam] the one thing they want is to bring back the Premier League days and that challenge is the reason I'm here," he said.

Bruce intends to maintain the East Yorkshire club's links with his former club Manchester United.

"I still have a fantastic relationship with the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and of course if there's a player to be had, make no mistake, I've got the ability to pick up the phone. I think there are five or six [players] here from Manchester so we look forward to many more."

Club vice-chairman Ehab Allam has confirmed there will be no budgetary constrictions placed upon Bruce when it comes to strengthening Hull City's squad for the new season.

"We have a strategy going forward we are both happy with. We haven't discussed the budget. We have decided we will tweak the squad as necessary," he told the Hull Daily Mail.

"There is no budget, it has been left on a case by case basis, and that is because we don't want a figure to hinder the process. We want to be flexible to do the right thing for the club, the squad and the team.

"He [Bruce] was actually a lot hungrier than I thought he would be. There was a clear passion and it was clear he couldn't wait to get stuck in.

"When we looked at the other candidates there were a number who we felt could get us back to the Premier League.

"There were even some who we thought would get us there at a lower cost, but we are backing Steve not only to get us there, but also keep us there, and that is the extra quality we were wanting."

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