STEVE BRUCE is expected to make a decision on his Hull City future within the next ten days.
The 55-year-old is seeking clarity regarding the mooted takeover situation – with three groups believed to be in the mix to purchase the Tigers – and on funds for player investment, before deciding whether to commit himself to the club for 2016-17.
Bruce met vice-chairman Ehab Allam yesterday and will now weigh up his options when he heads off on holiday on Friday.
A US-based takeover consortium are reportedly interested in taking over the club, while there are also links with parties based in China and Thailand.
Bruce has concerns about squad strengthening, having admitted in the aftermath of Saturday’s Championship play-off final win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday that the Tigers team needed “lots of investment”, while the future of six out-of-contract players, including Tom Huddlestone and Ahmed Elmohamady, is also up in the air.
Bruce achieved a record-breaking fourth promotion to the Premier League on Saturday after orchestrating the Tigers’ victory over Wednesday.
But his celebrations were decidedly muted with his future at the club far from clear, with it having been widely expected that he would have left the Tigers if Hull had lost Saturday’s showpiece.
A number of senior players including Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson and Ahmed Elmohamady have expressed their desire that Bruce remains at the club following their weekend success.
Speaking on Saturday, Bruce said: “I have not 100 per cent decided. I will think about it and have a chat with my family.
“I will sit down with the powers that be and see where the club wants to go, see what it wants to do. If there is a takeover, I need to know about it.
“A takeover usually means a new broom. I am in a strong position, but in football you can’t take anything for granted, you just can’t.”
Hull have been up for sale since 2014 after the Football Association rejected owner Assem Allam’s application to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.
Allam, 76, has not attended games this season due to ill health and was not present at Saturday’s play-off final win over the Owls at Wembley.