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Is This Manager Good Enough To Replace Steve Bruce At Hull City?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Steve Bruce leaving the manager’s job at Hull City was a huge shocker and has put the Tigers in a difficult position now. The Englishman brought the club back to the Premier League exactly one season after the Tigers suffered the drop from the top tier. During his four long years at the KC Stadium, Bruce became a fan favourite despite all the ups and downs the club went through but his departure leaves the club in an urgent need to look for replacements.

With the new Premier League season being under three weeks away, newly-promoted Hull are yet to sign a senior player this summer and the board recognises a need for urgency. An ever-increasing injury-crisis on top of that has left caretaker Mike Phelan with only 13 fit players. Hull City are in a dire need to bring in the replacement of Bruce as early as possible and reports suggest that Roberto Martinez is leading the race for the vacant hot seat at the KC stadium.

If Martinez replaces Bruce at Hull City, it will be the second time in the Spaniard’s career when he has to fill in the 55-year-old’s boots. He did it at Wigan Athletic and what followed was arguably the best phase in the club’s history. The Spanish manager is right now without a job since being sacked by Everton at the end of the disappointing last campaign.

MANSFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Steve Bruce manager of Hull City during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Hull City at the One Call Stadium on July 19, 2016 in Mansfield, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
MANSFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Steve Bruce manager of Hull City during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Hull City at the One Call Stadium on July 19, 2016 in Mansfield, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

Some would term Martinez as a manager who failed to reach his true potential while some would say he was probably too much hyped for his mediocre achievements. Regardless of our assumption, it is crystal clear that Martinez has grounds to make up to become the manager he was once touted to be. He still does have the potential in him and age is on his side as well.

Martinez shook the world when he managed to upset Manchester City in the final of the 2013 FA Cup. It was a curious season for the Latics who earned a trophy to boast about for years while they also dropped down to the Championship. Then came Martinez’s big break with the Everton job. An exceptional first season at Goodison Park was followed by two dismal ones which eventually led to the Spaniard’s sacking.

Hull City need a manager who is proven in the Premier League to take care of the side as early as possible. The new season is not far away and while the club needs quality additions before the transfer window slams closed. Hull could definitely give Martinez a shot. They need a replacement real soon and Martinez fits the bill.

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